Junior guard Zak Irvin is set to undergo a back procedure at the University of Michigan Hospital and will miss six to eight weeks, the Michigan men’s basketball program announced Wednesday.
“We expect a 100 percent recovery for Zak after this procedure,” said Michigan basketball coach John Beilein in a statement. “We will not rush his return, but given Zak’s work habits and determined attitude we anticipate he will be back on the court and at full speed sometime near the beginning of our season.”
Irvin was a key piece in Michigan’s offense throughout the 2014-15 season, averaging 14.3 points per game. He shared team MVP honors with senior guard Spike Albrecht.
The Wolverines return a wealth of experience this year after losing only senior forward Max Bielfeldt following the 2014-15 campaign. Irvin, with two years of consistent play under his belt, figures prominently into Michigan’s offensive outlook after leading the team in 3-pointers last year and posting double-digit scoring figures 27 times.