Michigan guard Zak Irvin out 6-8 weeks after back procedure

Zak Irvin is expected to have a big season for the Michigan Wolverines in 2015, but there could be an issue. According to a report from College Basketball Talk, Irvin will miss the next 6-8 weeks after undergoing a procedure on his back.

Head coach Jim Boehim discussed the injury, sounding very confident that Irvin will be back in time to get prepared for the season.

“We expect a 100 percent recovery for Zak after this procedure,” Beilein said in the release. “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.”

If Irvin does miss the entire eight weeks, it would mean that he could return to the court just over a week before the start of the season. That would be tough for Irvin to bounce back from, as he would be missing out on a lot of conditioning time and could likely see some early struggles early in the year.

During the 2014-15 season, Irvin averaged 14.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He shot 40.2 percent from the field overall and knocked down 35.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

Expect to see Irvin get back on the court at some point before the regular season gets underway and to be the difference maker that the Wolverines need throughout the season.

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