ANN ARBOR, Mich. – As Michigan winds down its non-conference schedule, Zak Irvin is slowly finding his form coming back from off-season back surgery.
Albeit, Irvin’s junior season has been a work in progress at best, in nine games played this year, Irvin is averaging 7.7 points, shooting 18.4 percent from 3s in 27.2 minutes per game.
Well below his sophomore season averages, where Irvin scored 14.2 points, and shot 35.5 percent from 3s, leading U-M with 77 makes from beyond the arc.
“I just (need) a lot of reps,” Irvin said when asked how he plans to find his shot. “Obviously, it’s getting back to game speed and everything. Got to get the game to slow down for me. Obviously it gets frustrating at times when you don’t see the ball go in the basket, but you just try to stay confident out there.”
While Irvin tries to find his shot, he says he can help Michigan (7-3) in other ways on the court.
“As my shot is starting to come, I’m trying to impact the team in other areas,” said Irvin, who is shooting 38.2 percent this season. “Getting assists, getting rebounds and helping the team out defensively.”
Known as scorer, Irvin knows he has to keep shooting in order to get better and help U-M as they enter Big Ten play next month.
“I just need to slow down and not get so caught up in the game,” Irvin said. “I just really think it’s on my mind right now, thinking about it too much, I just need to shoot it.
“I just need to stay confident.”
However, when asked if a big scoring output was near? Irvin admitted he was due.
“Yea, I really am,” Irvin said. “I am working hard for it. I know that game is coming. But I am just staying patient and letting the game come to me, I’m not trying to force things out there.”
Michigan plays host to Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.