The Michigan coaching staff has continued to scour the recruiting trails for 2008 prospects and their efforts have uncovered yet another potential candidate for their incoming class. Chesterton G/F guard Zach Novak, a 6-4, 215-pounder, is a jack-of-all trades for his club. He is shooting over 40% from the three, over 50% from the field, and over 70% from line en route to averaging 28 points and leading his team to a one-loss record.
While North Carolina bound forward Tyler Zeller appears to be a lock for Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana, Novak’s coach believes his young protégé deserves to be mentioned in the conversation.
“For what he does for the team, I haven't seen many who do what he's done," Chesterton coach Tom Peller told the Northwest Indiana & Illinois Times. "It's not just scoring. You see how he defends, passes, rebounds. He plays great in big games. That's his makeup. You know you're going to get the best he has every time and that just permeates the rest of the team."
The Wolverines have been keeping a watchful eye on Novak’s progress and they were impressed enough to send the headman himself down to the Hoosier State to check the talented sleeper out.
“Coach Beilein came to my game last week,” Novak said to GoBlueWolverine. “I was able to talk to him about it this weekend.”
Novak received the feedback during an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, during which he also saw the Maize & Blue upset the Ohio State Buckeyes 80-70.
“Coach told me they like the things that I can do,” Novak recalled. “He also talked to me about what I can improve on. I had a good time up at Michigan. I had a chance to look around campus and the game was really exciting.”
The game gave Novak a good look at Michigan’s wide open style of play and he was both excited and impressed. Much of that feeling stemmed from the realization that what he was looking at was very familiar.
“Their style is almost perfect for me,” he said. “My high school runs the same offense.”
“I think Coach Beilein is doing a great job,” he later added. “They are doing some good things and going in the right direction. You can see them improving in every game. I would like to be a part of that.”
One month ago Novak was sitting on offers from IPFW and Oakland. In the weeks since he has garnered an increasing amount of interest from Michigan, Purdue, Iowa, Northwestern, Ball State, Valparaiso, Dayton and Bradley.
The Wolverines haven’t offered yet, but if they do, they’d have a very good chance at making him the next commitment in their 2008 class.