Zack Novak named to SI.com’s All-Glue Team

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan 67, Northwestern 55 8For the second consecutive season, Zack Novak has been named to Seth Davis’ All-Glue team at Sports Illustrated. Here’s a snippet:

Few players in college basketball fight as effectively as Novak. He came to Ann Arbor as an outside shooting specialist, but for most of the last two seasons he has played — and defended — as a power forward. “He might be the only combo two-four man in the country,” Beilein says. “He has total command of our locker room. On defense, sometimes he’ll push people in the back and yell, ‘Get over there!’ That’s what makes him our glue guy.”

As a senior at Chesterton (Ind.) High, Novak was pudgy and slow, which is why the main Division I schools who showed interest at first were Valparaiso, Oakland and IPFW. Beilein took a chance on Novak because he was trying to build the program around good students and good shooters. Novak, however, showed so much spirit and toughness that Beilein named him the team’s co-captain when he was just a sophomore — only the second sophomore in school history to be given that honor. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)

  • j rock

    This guy has been awesome to watch and root for for four years.  I remember watching him his freshman year against Wisconsin, dropping 18 points and being the only Wolverine to do anything.  At that point I had never seen a player work so hard on the court and still haven’t.  Zack will be greatly missed. 

  • Guest

    “As a senior at Chesterton (Ind.) High, Novak was pudgy and slow, which
    is why the main Division I schools who showed interest at first were
    Valparaiso, Oakland and IPFW.”

    Replace “senior” in this sentence with junior.  Valpo pulled its offer (and a boner) when they withdrew their offer his junior year.  Novak then worked his tail off to get in shape and improve his shooting and averaged nearly 30 points a game his senior year.  He had plenty of high mid-major interest by that time, but focused on Michigan.  Great choice by the way.

  • A2JD

    Is there an official count for how many charges Zack has taken this year?  I have to think he’s averaging somewhere between 1 and 2 per.

  • Izmatt18

    It’s a tragedy that he’ll be gone next year.