Chesterton's Novak is a winner

"The Region" is a part of Indiana that known for producing quality talent in several sports. Meet another possible Division 1 prospect in basketball who already holds two offers and has many more schools knocking on his door.

Sports clichés and high school basketball in Indiana are attached at the hip. All you have to do is show up to a Chesterton high school basketball game and I guarantee you will hear at least a handful: "The kid is a player", "He can carry his team on his shoulders", "He has got game", "He is a complete player", "He is a great role model", "He has a great future ahead of him"; etc. You've got the idea. Unfortunately, I can't come up with any thing else to describe Chesterton's Zach Novak than those comments above. What I do know is Zach and the mentioned clichés are synonymous with one another.

Where to start? Zach and his Chesterton's teammates are off to a school record 13-0 start. They are currently ranked 5th in the state. Novak, a 6'4 combination guard/forward is averaging 29 points a game which is second best in the state. He shoots over 40% from beyond the arc, 53% from the field, 70% from the free throw line as well as averaging close to 8 rebounds a game. He recently broke the schools all time scoring record which stood for over 50 years. Zach also played for the Indiana Elite 17-U AAU team which is considered one of the best in the country. Do you want more? Well, Zach is a high honor role student who is respected by everyone you talk to and the respect is for him as a person, not just the basketball player.

I talked to Zach recently and was blown away by his character. Zach really wanted to talk more about his teammates and the fact that his team is 13-0 than spend the time talking about him. He did mention that his recruiting is still wide open with his scholarship offers coming from IPFW and Oakland. I expect that he will start to get more attention as Ball State's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Bob Simmons was present at Chesterton's 67-47 win over Michigan City. Other schools starting to show interest include: Michigan, Purdue, Iowa, Northwestern, Valparaiso, Dayton and Bradley.

All I know is who ever is lucky enough to get this young man will be getting a steal. It is hard enough to find great basketball players but it is even harder to find the combination of great player and great person. You can be rest assured BallStateInsider.com will be watching Zach's recruiting very closely.


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