According to a report from MLive, former Michigan guard Zak Irvin has found a landing spot in the NBA. The report indicates that Irvin has signed a free agent deal with the Miami Heat and will get a shot in this year’s NBA Summer League.
Irvin spent four years in Ann Arbor as a college player for the Michigan Wolverines. He averaged 11.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game during his career and 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game as a senior. Notably, Irvin scored double-digits in each of his last nine games with the Wolverines.
Irvin had a mixed career with Michigan. He had a fantastic freshman season, but regressed as a sophomore and junior. However, he got back on track as a senior and was a key factor in Michigan’s impressive finish to the 2016-’17 season, when Michigan went 6-2 to end the regular season, won the Big Ten Tournament, and made the Sweet 16 before falling in dramatic fashion to the Oregon Ducks.
At the NBA level, Irvin will face some significant challenges. He’s not a supremely athletic player and largely relied on his creativeness and diverse skillset to make his make at the college level. That won’t be as easy in the NBA.
The good news, of course, is that Irvin will have a change to prove himself this summer. If Irvin can prove that he can rebound and shoot at the NBA level, he could have a shot at making a roster for next season. It won’t be easy, but Irvin has certainly proven doubters wrong in the past and will try to do it again this summer.
The NBA Summer League play begins on July 7, 2017.