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Posted on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 : 4:28 p.m.

Michigan basketball senior Zack Novak earns another academic honor

By Nick Baumgardner

Zack Novak has turned heads for the third year in a row with his work in the classroom.

On Thursday, the Michigan basketball senior captain earned a Capital One Academic All-District V honor for a third consecutive season.

A business major at Michigan, Novak was joined on the team by Loyola's Ben Averkamp, Ohio State's Aaron Craft, Northwestern's Drew Crawford and Butler's Ronald Nored.

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Zack Novak

To be eligible for the honor, which is voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America, a student-athlete must be a starter or prominent reserve with at least a 3.3 grade-point average.

Novak, who is also a finalist for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, is averaging 9.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists this season for No. 23 Michigan (17-6, 7-3 Big Ten).

Along with his fellow honorees, Novak is eligible for nomination to the national Capital One Academic All-American team. Selections for the national awards will be made later in February.

With eight games to play, Novak ranks fourth on Michigan's 3-point field goals list, and is 20 points away from 1,000-point barrier for his career.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Sun, Feb 5, 2012 : 8:29 p.m.

Congratulations, Zack! You are the quintessential student-athlete. Thanks for four great years!!


Fri, Feb 3, 2012 : 1:18 p.m.

Good for you, Zack. It has been a treat to watch you for four years.