April 10, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team recognized the efforts and achievements of its players and staff at the 51st annual U-M Basketball Awards Celebration this evening (Tuesday, April 10) at the William Davidson Player Development Center.
Freshman Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) earned the evening's top award -- the BILL BUNTIN MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD -- while seniors Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) and Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) combined to win 10 awards.
Novak was honored with six on the evening, including the STEVE GROTE HUSTLE AWARD, the BODNAR AWARD FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, the AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FREE THROW SHOOTING, the IRON MAN AWARD and the CHARGE AWARD.
In his final season, Novak averaged a career-best 9.2 points with 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He shot a career-best 47.6 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free throw line. He earned All-Big Ten honorable mention, was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award -- eventually earning second team All-America honors from Lowe's -- garnered his third straight CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District first team honor and became the first Wolverine since 1984 to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors with his third-team selection.
Novak played in 134 games during his four-year career (tied for third all-time) and became the 45th Wolverine to eclipse 1,000 career points (1,082, t-39th) and 40th player to join the 500-rebound club (609, t-24th). He set U-M's record for all-time minutes played (4,357) and ranks fourth for three-point field goals made (213) and fifth for three-point field goals attempted (591).
Douglass was honored four times during the banquet, winning the RUDY TOMJANOVICH MOST IMPROVED AWARD, the WAYMAN BRITT OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD and the TRAVIS CONLAN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD. Douglass played in all 34 games during his final season, becoming the U-M record holder for career games played at 136 after not missing a game during his tenure. He averaged a career-best 7.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 rebounds. He closed his career ranked fourth all-time for three-point field goal attempts (603) and fifth in three-point field goals made (205).
Both Novak and Douglass each shared the THAD GARNER LEADERSHIP AWARD.
In his first season at Michigan, Burke averaged 14.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Burke was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the media, All-Big Ten second team from coaches and media, and a unanimous selection to the conference all-freshman team. During the season, Burke was named the Big Ten's Player of the Week once and the Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times. He added spots on the NABC All-District VII second team and USWBA All-District V Team, as well as getting U-M's first All-America recognition since 1998 with honorable mention from the Associated Press.
He scored in double figures 30 times, breaking the 20-point barrier five times and the 30-point mark once -- in a career-high 30-point performance against Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. His team-leading 156 assists earned him the GARY GRANT AWARD FOR MOST ASSISTS and broke U-M's 27-year-old record for assists by a freshman in a single season, previously held by Grant (140, 1984-85).
Redshirt sophomore Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit HS) earned the LOY VAUGHT REBOUNDING AWARD after leading U-M with 5.6 rebounds per game. Morgan's total of 191 rebounds are his highest single-season total and he grabbed at least 10 rebounds in three games, including a career-best 12 against Minnesota on Jan. 1. He also posted his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in U-M's upset win over Ohio State on Feb. 18.
Junior Matt Vogrich (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest HS) was honored with U-M's SIXTH MAN AWARD. Vogrich averaged 10.7 minutes per contest, playing in all 34 games off the bench. He closed the season averaging 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
Michigan finished the 2011-12 season with a 24-10 overall record and a 13-5 Big Ten mark to claim a share of its first Big Ten regular-season title since 1986 and post the most conference wins since the 1993-94 season. The Wolverines earned their highest Big Ten Tournament seeding of all-time (No. 2) and advanced to the semifinals of the conference event for the second straight year.
The Wolverines made their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four seasons, receiving a No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region. Michigan's 24 wins this season are the most in head coach John Beilein's five years at the helm of the program.
2012 Michigan Basketball Banquet Awards
Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award: Trey Burke
Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award: Stu Douglass
Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Stu Douglass
Steve Grote Hustle Award: Zack Novak
Thad Garner Leadership Award: Zack Novak and Stu Douglass
Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award: Stu Douglass
Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement: Zack Novak
Gary Grant Award for Most Assists: Trey Burke
Loy Vaught Rebounding Award: Jordan Morgan
Award for Outstanding Free Throw Shooting: Zack Novak
Sixth Man Award: Matt Vogrich
Iron Man Award: Zack Novak
Charge Award: Zack Novak
N O T E S
With his six honors, Zack Novak has received 17 total awards at U-M's end-of-the-season banquet, becoming Michigan's all-time leader. Former Wolverine Graham Brown (2003-06) held the prior mark with 12, while U-M legend Gary Grant (1985-88) rounded out U-M's top three with 11 accolades.
Trey Burke became the eighth Wolverine freshman to earn MVP. The list includes: Jalen Rose and Chris Webber* (1992), LaVell Blanchard and Kevin Gaines (2000), Bernard Robinson Jr. (2001, co-), Daniel Horton (2003, co-), Manny Harris (2008) and Burke (2012).
Zack Novak became the first Wolverine to earn the Thad Garner Leadership award three times. He shared the award with Stu Douglass, who earned the first of his career. Novak also became the first Wolverine to earn U-M's Iron Man Award three times. In addition, he was awarded his third Steve Grote Hustle Award and Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement Award.
Since the award's inception in 2010, Zack Novak is the only Wolverine to earn U-M's Charge Award.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423