Zak Irvin to miss 6-8 weeks following back procedure

Dylan Burkhardt

Zak Irvin will miss 6-8 weeks following a back procedure, according to a release by the University of Michigan.

University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Wednesday, Sept. 9) that junior guard Zak Irvin will undergo a back procedure at the University of Michigan Hospital and will miss six to eight weeks for recovery.

“We expect a 100 percent recovery for Zak after this procedure,” said Beilein. “We will not rush his return, but given Zak’s work habits and determined attitude we anticipate he will be back on the court and at full speed sometime near the beginning of our season.”

Last season, Irvin averaged 14.3 points per game, scoring in double figures in 27-of-32 games, including a career-best 28 at Northwestern (March 3). He led U-M with 77 long-range buckets — 2.4 per game — which ranked fifth in the Big Ten and tripled his rebounding totals with 153 (4.8 rpg) compared to 49 (1.3 rpg) in 2013-14. He finished the season with three double-doubles including two in the final four games. Along with Spike Albrecht, Irvin shared U-M’s Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player honors.

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  • bobohle

    Sounds like he will be back close to the start of the season. At least we have depth there. I hope we don’t get hit with multiples like last year.

  • Indiana_Matt

    I am really excited for Zak and think he could have a big year. Hope he is feeling like himself by time they hit the Bahamas.

  • Wayman Britt

    I wish Zak a quick recovery. I never heard what McGary’s injury was does anybody know? Maybe Zaks is just a ruptured disc from lifting weights and they may be shaving a little of the disc. Most other back procedures are major surgeries.

    • The big difference between Mitch and Zak’s situations at this point is that Mitch’s back was hurting entering the 2013-14 season and they decided to slow it down and rest and hope it recovered. He tried to play through it and then re-injured it in December.

      I think this is probably the right call to have the ‘procedure’ now and then still have Zak ready to go before the season.

  • Mattski

    Wishing you well, Zak!