Michigan basketball captain Zack Novak a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Zack Novak has been a key fixture inside the Michigan basketball program for four seasons, and Wednesday he received national recognition for it.
Novak, a senior guard and Wolverine co-captain, was named one of 10 finalists for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, an honor given to college basketball's most well-rounded senior student-athlete.
Novak is one of four finalists from the Big Ten, joining Michigan State's Draymond Green, Purdue's Robbie Hummel and Ohio State's William Buford.
The other finalists are Pittsburgh's Ashton Gibbs, Belmont's Mick Hedgepeth, William and Mary's Quinn McDowell, Butler's Ronald Nored, Pennsylania's Zack Rosen and North Carolina's Tyler Zeller.
Just the second three-time captain in Michigan basketball history, Novak is averaging 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and two assists per game for the 20th-ranked Wolverines.
Novak ranks fourth in school history in career 3-point field goals and fifth in 3-point field goal attempts. He became the 40th member of Michigan's 500 career rebound club earlier this season and needs just 33 points to become the 45th Wolverine to reach the 1,000-point mark for a career.
Off the court, Novak has been a strong representative for the Wolverines, helping with elementary school reading programs, Mott Children's Hospital, basketball and volleyball summer camps, and other local team charitable activities. In addition, he's received a number of academic honors throughout his career, including Academic All-Big Ten (2010, '11), U-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2009, '10, '11), and U-M's Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement (2009, '11).
Voting for the winner will be conducted by members of the media, Division I men's and women's coaches and fans.
Lowe's will announce the winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four in New Orleans.
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