2011-2012 Season

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

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)

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