Jan. 25, 2012
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- University of Michigan men's basketball senior captain Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) was named one of 10 finalists for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday (Jan. 25).
Novak, who is just the second three-time captain in program history, has helped the Wolverines to a 16-5 overall record and 6-2 mark in Big Ten play in his final season. He has started all 21 games this season and is averaging 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
With 10 games remaining in the regular season, Novak ranks fourth in school history in career three-point field goals and fifth in three-point field goal attempts. He became the 40th member of U-M's 500 career rebound club earlier this season and needs just 33 points to become the 45th Wolverine to reach the 1,000-point mark and 28th with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career. Novak, who helped U-M to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2011, has started 109 of his 121 career games and owns career averages of 8.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
A business major at U-M's prestigious Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Novak has received numerous honors for his academic efforts, including National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court (2011), CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District IV first team (2010, '11), Academic All-Big Ten (2010, '11), Old Spice Classic Scholar-Ballers (2010), U-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2009, '10, '11), and U-M's Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement (2009, '11).
Off the court, Novak has been a strong representative for the Wolverines, helping with elementary school reading programs, Mott Children's Hospital, basketball and volleyball summer camps, and other local team charitable activities.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
The 30 original candidates were announced in November and narrowed to 10 finalists by a committee of national media members. Novak is joined on the final ballot by three other players from the Big Ten: Michigan State's Draymond Green, Ohio State's William Buford, and Purdue's Robbie Hummel.
Ballots for the finalists will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I men's and women's coaches, and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four C's of community, classroom, character and competition.
Fan voting is available on the official Lowe's Senior CLASS website and via the Senior CLASS Award Facebook page. Fan balloting counts for one-third of the total, with the remaining two-thirds determined by NCAA Division I coaches and national media members. Fans can vote once per day through March 18.
Lowe's will announce the men's Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four, which will be held March 31 and April 2 in New Orleans.
Men's Basketball Finalists
William Buford, Guard, Ohio State
Ashton Gibbs, Guard, Pittsburgh
Draymond Green, Forward, Michigan State
Mick Hedgepeth, Forward, Belmont
Robbie Hummel, Forward, Purdue
Quinn McDowell, Forward, William and Mary
Ronald Nored, Guard, Butler
Zack Novak, Guard/Forward, Michigan
Zack Rosen, Guard, Pennsylvania
Tyler Zeller, Forward, North Carolina
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423