Congrats to Zak Irvin!
The 2013 Mr. Basketball is Hamilton Souteastern's Zak Irvin— IndyStar Billboard (@StarBillboard) April 3, 2013
It seems like a long time ago, and in the life of an 18-year-old, it was.
Zak Irvin was scrawny as a freshman at Hamilton Southeastern High School, all legs and arms. The varsity basketball team was full of upperclassmen and an emerging sophomore named Gary Harris. HSE coach Brian Satterfield could have used Irvin, but knowing minutes could be scarce, sent him to play on the junior varsity for a season.
Out of the limelight and watching from the bleachers; it wasn’t how Irvin envisioned his freshman season.
“I’m a competitor,” he says now. “I wanted to be out on the court for the varsity, not JV. But in the long run, it actually helped me out.”
More than three years later, Irvin has blossomed. The 6-7 forward has been named the 2013 IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball winner. Irvin, a Michigan recruit, received 101 votes from the state’s coaches and media for the top individual honor. Mishawaka Marian’s Demetrius Jackson was second with 46 votes, followed by Tipton’s Mike Crawford (37), Fort Wayne Northrop’s Bryson Scott (26) and Cathedral’s Collin Hartman (14).
And here's a recent highlight video: