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Zack Novak



Novak is enrolled in U-M’s prestigous Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He has continued to excel in the classroom receiving several academic awards—National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court (2011); CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America District IV First Team (2011); CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America District IV First Team (2010); Academic All-Big Ten (2010, ‘11); Old Spice Classic “Scholar-Ballers” Recipient (2010); U-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2009, ‘10, ‘11) and U-M’s Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement (2009, ‘11).


There is no Wolverine more respected than Novak. He continues to lead the Wolverines becoming just the second player to be elected captain as a sophomore. He continues to lead on and off the floor for the Wolverines making sure the Wolverines reach their goal of making it back to the NCAA Tournament. This video from Michigan State pretty much sums what winning and leading means to Novak, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZCeKp5PpYs.


Throughout Novak’s career he has been active with several community outreach programs. He continues to active with U-M’s Motts Children’s Hospital with visits and postgame autograph sessions. For four years he has helped out with U-M’s Basketball Camps requesting to be a counselor for the younger players. He is part of an elementary reading program in Ann Arbor. This summer he even volunteered to help out at U-M’s volleyball camp.


Novak became the 57th Wolverine to play in 100 career games at the end of last season. He has missed just two games in his career. For his entire career he has continued to play where ever Coach Beilein needs him. A natural two-guard, Novak has continued to play the post for Michigan and even led the Wolverines in rebounding last season. The lefty shooter is ranked in U-M’s all-time top 10 for three-pointers made and attempted. After a 12-year absence, Novak has helped U-M make two trips to the NCAA Tournament in the last three seasons.