The Wolverine

May 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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MICHIGAN BASKETBALL dits. Douglass captured the Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award, the Wayman Britt Outstand- ing Defensive Player Award and the Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award. Douglass became Michigan's all- time leader in career games played (136) this season, never missing a sin- gle contest in his four years in Ann Arbor. He averaged a career-best 7.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in his final season, winding up fifth on Michigan's all-time list of three-point field goals made (205). Novak garnered the Steve Grote Hustle Award, the Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement, the Iron Man Award and the Charge Award. Novak averaged a career-best 9.2 bounced the Wolverines out of the tournament, Michigan announced three more departures. Sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz, sophomore forward Colton Christian and fresh- man guard Carlton Brundidge chose to leave the program and transfer to other schools. "We never like to see players leave Just five days after the Bobcats an assist in U-M's NCAA ouster at the hands of Ohio. Christian played in 45 games for the Wolverines, averaging 3.8 minutes per appearance. He scored a career-best two points on a handful of occasions, grabbing a career-high six rebounds against Gardner-Webb Nov. 29. Brundidge got into 15 games in his the program; however, Evan, Colton and Carlton have made the decision to transfer and continue their careers elsewhere," U-M head coach John Beilein said. "All three are fine young men with bright futures. We wish them and their families nothing but success going forward." points per game as a senior, as well as 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest. He also posted a career-high 47.6 percent shooting mark from the field, and connected on 85.7 percent at the free throw line. The senior captured a host of aca- only season at Michigan, averaging 2.9 minutes per contest. He played 13 minutes against Alabama A&M, scoring a career-best three points. He struggled with asthma at times dur- ing the season. Beilein noted Michigan went through the same process with the trio as it does with all players after wrapping up a given campaign. "We meet with every player at the demic honors, while tying for third place on Michigan's list of all-time games played, with 134. He set a new standard for minutes played (4,357), and stands fourth on U-M's all-time list of three-pointers made (213). Redshirt sophomore Jordan Morgan earned the Loy Vaught Rebounding Award, leading the Wolverines with an average of 5.6 boards per game. Ju- nior Matt Vogrich collected the Sixth Man Award, coming off the bench to average 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game for the Wolverines. Novak earned 17 postseason team honors in his career, the most ever by a Michigan player. Burke, meanwhile, became only the eighth Wolverine to garner MVP honors as a freshman. The others were Jalen Rose and Chris Webber (1992), LaVell Blanchard and Kevin Gaines (2000), Bernard Robin- son Jr. (2001), Daniel Horton (2003) and Manny Harris (2008). in the second round of the NCAA Tournament marked the end of the road as Wolverines for seniors Zack Novak, Stu Douglass and Corey Per- son. It quickly became evident they weren't the only Michigan players to be pulling on the uniform for the last time. WITH MULTIPLE DEPARTURES Michigan's crushing loss to Ohio CHANGE SWEEPS THROUGH 44 THE WOLVERINE MAY 2012 end of the year," Beilein noted. "If transfers are going to happen, we don't want them to happen in June or July or August, where you can't get anyone in their place. We have heart-to-heart talks with them, and want everybody to stay. But we ex- pect everybody is going to leave for different reasons, and that's part of the game." Forward Evan Smotrycz played in 69 games in his two years at U-M, averaging 7.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 19.4 minutes per game, before opting to transfer after this past season. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN over the course of two seasons with the Wolverines. He played in 69 games, averaging 7.0 points, 3.6 re- bounds and 19.4 minutes per game. He was Michigan's most accurate Smotrycz contributed significantly of seniors Zack Novak and Stu Dou- glass ended a little prematurely in their minds, given a second-round exit from the NCAA Tournament. But the two players still left their mark on both the program and in several career records categories. Here are some featuring one or both of the Michigan seniors: three-point shooter among the regu- lars this season, connecting on 43.5 percent of his long-range attempts. Smotrycz finished the season fifth on Michigan's all-time list for three-point field goal accuracy at 40.5 percent. The sophomore also played one T-3. Zack Novak 5. Courtney Sims T-6. DeShawn Sims T-6. Louis Bullock T-6. Mike Griffin 9. Dion Harris 10. Jimmy King 1. Stu Douglass 2. Loy Vaught T-3. Glen Rice Games Played of his best games in the Wolverines' season finale, connecting on 6 of 7 shots en route to 15 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds and posted • Douglass played more games in a Michigan uniform than anyone in his- tory. He never missed a contest in his four-year U-M career, and with an ap- pearance in U-M's NCAA Tournament opener, he took over the top of the list. Novak climbed into a tie for third on the list. 136 135 134 134 133 132 132 132 131 130 ZACK NOVAK, STU DOUGLASS RANK HIGH ON CAREER LISTS The Michigan basketball careers

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