Nov. 4, 2011
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- University of Michigan men's basketball senior captain Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Novak, who helped U-M to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2011, has started 88 of his 100 career games and averaged 7.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He is a three-time captain, becoming just the second Wolverine to earn the honor as a sophomore. Heading into the 2011-12 season, Novak ranks fifth all-time in three-point field goals and three-point field goal attempts and needs just 45 rebounds to become the 40th member of U-M's 500 career rebound club.
Throughout his career at U-M, Novak, a business major at U-M's prestigious Stephen M. Ross School of Business, has received numerous honors for his academic efforts, including National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court (2011), CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America 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 continued to be a strong representative for the Wolverines, helping with elementary school reading programs, the Mott's 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 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots 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.
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.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423