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February 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  basketball recruiting more amazing. "His goals are to play basketball at the University of Michigan and to become a doctor. Those are high goals to be sure, but no one is going to tell him he can't do it." Nobody doubts the credentials of the three-man 2013 class, either. Irvin (6‑7,'s No.  34 prospect nationally) would be two Indianapolis Star writers' choice as Mr. Basketball in his state if the season ended today. "Too early to call it, but I'll take Hamilton Southeastern's Zak Irvin for Mr. Basketball at this minute," Kyle Neddenriep wrote in midJanuary. "We knew he could score [25.7 points per game], but his team is 9-1 and he's rebounding at a high level [9.6 per game]." Irvin has since scored a gamehigh 22 points in the Class 4A No. 6 Royals' 60-38 win over Harrison and 23 in a 70-44 triumph over Muncie Central. He scored his 1,000th career point and finished with 24 in Hamilton Southeastern's 72‑61 victory over Brownsburg, and later posted 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a 74-55 win over Avon. Walton (6-0, No. 47 player nationally according to could be due for another rise in the rankings after a huge December in which he averaged 28 points in a four-game stretch to end the year. More recently, Walton scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor and a 6-of-6 effort from the line in an 81-41 blowout of Michigan Collegiate Jan. 4, and 10 points in an 86‑51 loss to Saginaw after picking up two first quarter fouls and then suffering concussion-like symptoms later in the game and spending time in the hospital before being cleared. Chandler Park rebounded with a 90‑28 win over PEC Prep in which Walton notched 21 points and 20 assists. Donnal (6-10, No. 106 player nationally), meanwhile, registered 21 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in a 30-point blowout of Bryan in early January, passing the 1,000-point barrier for his career. Anthony Wayne then suffered its first loss of the season, 56-42 to undefeated Toledo Central Catholic, in a game in which Donnal played through foul trouble to score 15 points. The team rebounded to beat Bowling Green (Ohio) — featuring Wisconsin-bound forward Vitto Brown — 58-52 Jan. 4 behind Donnal's 14 points and 16 rebounds. Donnal has since registered 19 points in a 54-52 double-overtime upset loss to Springfield, and put up 34 points and 13 rebounds in a 64‑54 win over Maumee, knocking down two triples to complement three "thunderous dunks," the Toledo Blade reported. "When he comes to play, he is pretty unstoppable," head coach Bryan Borcherdt said. "He's under a microscope all the time, and people are constantly analyzing him. He handles it very well. That's how competitors are." Donnal, Walton, Irvin and Hatch were all in attendance for Michigan's

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