Chesterton junior puts baseball on hold for All-Star hoops week

Chesterton junior puts baseball on hold for All-Star hoops week
2007-06-18T00:00:00Z Chesterton junior puts baseball on hold for All-Star hoops weekHILLARY SMITH
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June 18, 2007 12:00 am  • 

INDIANA ALL-STARS | ZACK NOVAK

While the Indiana All-Stars were in Kentucky, so was Junior All-Star Zack Novak.

Except Novak was there for another reason. The outfielder, who was playing in a baseball tournament, tracked down a high school official with a key and asked for a little gym time.

So he could make the transition easier for Tuesday's All-Star showdown that pits the Juniors against the Indiana All-Stars, Novak took on his baseball coaches in a bluegrass gym.

"We were playing at a high school and we told the dude running it that I had some big games next week," the Chesterton senior-to-be said. "They gave me (a basketball) and me and another kid on my team played two of our coaches."

He won two of the three games, despite his playing partner being 'just a baseball player,' so he's ready for Junior North practices beginning at Purdue today.

Novak, a 6-foot-5 guard who averaged 21.7 points and 8.5 rebounds last season for the Trojans, stays in baseball mode until the July AAU hoops season begins. Then he moves to the hardcourt for the Indiana Elite.

His firm post-prep offer has come from Valparaiso University and he's still talking to a few mid-majors, but Novak is weighing all of his options and could take a baseball scholarship.

He'll miss a double header on Tuesday and a game on Thursday on the diamond for his time with the Junior All-Stars. But it's more than worth it for Novak.

"The biggest thing is the experience," Novak said. "There are a lot of really good players playing in it and I'm looking forward to seeing how we can do. Hopefully we can get a win, but there are a lot of good players on that team. They're loaded with talent."

Recruiters won't be watching him at Mackey Arena on Tuesday as June is quiet time in the recruiting process.

"(The All-Star experience) could do nothing but help him," Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. "His name is in the door next year for the All-Star team, then he can be seen."

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