Notebook: Novak working out, Booker impresses at Durant Skills Academy, more

Michigan’s three-year captain, Zack Novak, has moved onto the next stage of his life after graduation but he hasn’t given up his dream of play basketball professionally. Rod Beard of the Detroit News, caught up with Novak to discuss update his attempts of finding a solid landing spot in Europe:

“I got a call at 10 at night saying we had a workout at 9 a.m.,” Novak said. “I didn’t leave Ann Arbor until 11 and got to Cleveland at 1:30 a.m. I got a couple hours of sleep, woke up and went to the workout. I was in good enough shape where I was able to go out and perform. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was working out with some of the best college players in the country. “I felt like I did more than hold my own — I thought I played pretty well. So, I’m staying ready for whenever any opportunity comes up is huge.” He knew the Cavs weren’t looking to draft him, but he sensed it was still a valuable experience. “I was talking to the guys from Cleveland and they said, ‘We’re not taking you,’ and I laughed and said, ‘Yeah, obviously.’ (Photo: Detroit News)

More after the jump on Devin Booker, Eso Akunne and a scheduled Friday unofficial visitor.

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Devin Booker impresses at yet another national event

We’ve discussed the success of Michigan players, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke, at prestigious summer camps this summer but one notable Michigan recruit has been more than holding his own. 2014 shooting wing, and Michigan offeree, Devin Booker, was one of the more impressive players at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Chicago earlier this week.

Here’s ESPN’s Reggie Rankin who watched Booker play:

Booker gets your attention right away with his size and shooting range to the arc off the catch or dribble. He plays with energy and urgency, and is in the process of building his game. He is working to fine-tune his ballhandling, as well as become a better rebounder and on-ball defender, at which he is very capable of excelling. Booker has all the makings to be a complete wing with continued development. Missouri, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Alabama, Georgetown, Florida, Harvard and Stanford have Booker on their radar. (Photo: ESPN)

Booker is scheduled to play the Adidas Invitational with his former AAU team, the Grand Rapids Storm, in Indianapolis this July.

Akunne still limited

Eso Akunne missed the end of last season with a foot injury and is still fighting back to full strength. Mark Snyder reports in the Detroit Free Press that Akunne is still limited this summer:

“(The trainers) are really shutting him down,” U-M coach John Beilein said today at the U-M golf course, where he was receiving an award for his contributions to the St. Louis Center outside Chelsea. “It’s in a place in his foot that’s a slow-healing spot, so we’ve sort of had to shut him down more because he was almost there. There’s no rush now.”

Other Notes

  • A2JD

    Good luck to Zack and I keep hoping to see news of a 2014 commit in here soon!

  • MBBALLFAN

    Dylan, are you going to the Adidas Invitational in July? Could you shoot video of some of the prospects?

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      We will be there, like we have been a number of other AAU tournaments this summer.

  • Steve2081

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVAK!

  • TKWolverine

    Dylan, is there a chance that Vitto Brown gets an offer on Friday?

    • Steve2081

      Hope so.

  • Bluebufoon

    Vitto,Vitto,Vitto !!! He’ll make the rest of the U-M Bigs better– I love the way that kid plays. Only question about Brown, is his skill-set the same long-term as Max Bielfeldt and Jon Horford ?

    • Steve2081

      His skill set seems better than either because he can play on the perimeter.

      • SamGoBlue

        I think we’ll be pleasantly surprised by Bielfeldt’s ability to step out and hit the three on occasion.

        • Steve2081

          I’d be more than pleasantly surprised if that were the case.

        • FGCU Maize Rage

          I’ll be pleasantly surprised if Biefeldt gets minutes next year…

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