Michigan guard Zak Irvin will miss six to eight weeks after having a back procedure.
Irvin, a junior, will have the procedure at the University of Michigan Hospital. The Wolverines did not disclose when the procedure would take place.
“We expect a 100 percent recovery for Zak after this procedure,” Beilein said. “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.”
As a sophomore last season, Irvin averaged 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds as his playing time jumped from 15.4 minutes per game as a freshman to 36.3. Irvin scored in double figures in 27 of 32 games and, along with Spike Albrecht, was named the Wolverines’ most valuable player.
Michigan finished 16–16 and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009–2010.
The Wolverines will open the 2015–2016 season on Nov. 13 against Northern Michigan.
- Mike Fiammetta