Former Michigan star Zak Irvin lands pro basketball title in the Dominican Republic

James Hawkins
The Detroit News

It didn’t take long for former Michigan standout Zak Irvin to win his first professional title.

Playing in the Dominican Republic, Irvin scored a team-high 21 points to help Mauricio Baez complete a four-game sweep of Rafael Barias in the TBS league finals with a 78-66 win earlier this week.

“I feel grateful for the opportunity they gave me to be part of this achievement,” Irvin told El Nacional in a quote that was translated to English. “Last year the team lost and they let me know that, so I always focused on giving them this trophy that we wanted so much.”

Irvin signed with Mauricio Baez earlier this month after starting the season with the Westchester Knicks in the NBA G League, where he averaged 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 12 games. Prior to that, he spent time in Israel with Hapoel Eilat after signing, but never playing, with Italian team VL Pesaro following his four-year career at Michigan.

In six games — all wins — with Mauricio Baez, Irvin shot 63.5 percent from the field, including 37.5 percent on 3-pointers, and averaged 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. He also recorded at least 10 points three times in the finals, with his scoring output increasing each game.