Michigan has No. 2 hoops class

At the adidas Nations training camp in Chicago this weekend, Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) received a glimpse of his future and it had nothing to do with the elite players he faced.

It had everything to do with one of his teammates.

For years, Irvin and Derrick Walton (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy) have competed against each other, running into each other on courts across the country during summer basketball. But last weekend in Chicago, the two played together and Irvin received a feel for what could come at Michigan.

“I’m always competing against Derrick,” Irvin said. “It’s great for us to be on the same team, really. Really play well together.”

Michigan coach John Beilein should be pleased as well, as Irvin and Walton are two of the key cogs in a recruiting class ranked second by ESPN.com in the first release of team rankings this season.