Feb. 2, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior guard/forward Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team was named a Capital One Academic All-District V first team member today (Thursday, Feb. 2) as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. It is the third straight year that Novak has received the all-district honor.
Joining Novak on the District V first team were Loyola's Ben Averkamp, Ohio State's Aaron Craft, Northwestern's Drew Crawford and Butler's Ronald Nored. Academic all-district first team honorees advance to the national Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Novak, who is a finalist for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS award, has helped the Wolverines to a 17-6 overall record and 7-3 mark in Big Ten play. He has started all 23 games this season and is averaging 9.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
With eight 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 20 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.
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).
To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. A student-athlete must also have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games and have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
Capital One Academic All-District Men's Basketball Team
Division V, First Team
Ben Averkamp, Loyola
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Ronald Nored, Butler
Zack Novak, Michigan
Capital One Academic All-District Teams announced (2/2/12)
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423