Career Notes: Concluded his first season with eight double-figure scoring contests ... One of 17 finalists competing for a spot on the USA Team that will compete in the Pan American Games in August, 2003.
2002-03 Notes: Earned a berth on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team and was chosen as the league's Sixth Man of the Year ... Saw action in all 33 games as a reserve and led the team and Conference USA in three-point field goal shooting in both overall (50.5%) and league (51.8%) action ... His effort in overall play established a school seasonal record for frosh and ranked No. 2 overall at Marquette ... His 55 three-point field goals ranked No. 2 all-time among MU freshmen ... Earned a berth on the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team ... Played a season-long 27 minutes and hit a season-high tying five three-point field goals and finished with 16 points, second high on the team, vs. Kentucky (Mar. 29) ... Recorded eight games of double-figure scoring ... Shot 50 percent or better from the floor in seven of the team's last eight and in a total of 24 contests ... Shot a blistering 56.0 percent (14-of-25) from three-point territory in MU's five NCAA Tournament outings ... Sank all four of his three-point attempts, including three in overtime, en route to 14 points in sparking MU to a 101-92 win vs. Missouri (Mar. 22) ... Huge game with a career-high 17 points against DePaul (Feb. 12), sinking a personal-best six-of-eight from the floor including a then season-high five-of-six from three-point range ... His five treys against the Blue Demons then represented the high-water mark by a Golden Eagle during the year ... Tallied 11 points and hit a season-high five free throws vs. UAB (Mar. 1) ... Finished the Louisville game (Feb. 27) with eight points and tied his season high with five boards ... Posted three-point field goals in 13 of MU's last 15 and in a total of 25 games ... Picked up nine points on the strength of three treys vs. TCU (Feb. 22) ... Scored all nine of his points via the trey during the first half of the Charlotte game (Feb. 20) and recorded a season-high five boards in 22 minutes ... 21-minute outing vs. Louisville (Feb. 15) and he responded with his second straight double-figure scoring effort with 11 points ... Connected on a then season-high five field goals, including a then season-high tying three treys, vs. South Florida (Jan. 11) en route to a then season-high 15 points ... Came through with a fine game at Saint Louis (Jan. 7), hitting both three-point field goal attempts along with a season-high four three throws en route to 10 points ... Played 23 minutes vs. Grambling (Dec. 28) and picked up four rebounds ... 19-minute stint vs. Elon (Dec. 21) where he notched seven points ... Had rebounds to his credit in 27 outings ... Knocked down three treys en route to 11 points vs. Eastern Illinois (Nov. 26).
High School Notes: Highly regarded newcomer who earned a bevy of honors during his high school career ... Regarded by many observers as the state of Wisconsin's most sought after player in over 15 years ... 2001-02 Parade Magazine Fourth Team All-American, the lone player from the state of Wisconsin to earn that distinction ... Averaged 20.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game his senior year in helping his team to a 21-5 mark ... Was coached as a prep by his father, Michael ... Three-time Parkland Conference Player of the Year ... Earned all-state acclaim as a junior and senior ... Earned four varsity letters ... Played for the West Team in the EA Sports Roundball Classic (formerly Dapper Dan Classic) and scored l3 points ... Set a school single-game record during his senior year with a 42-point performance against Whitefish Bay Domincan ... Recruiting analyst Dave Telep had him ranked as the nation's No. 62 prospect following his senior year ... As a junior, he averaged 22.2 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.4 blocked shots per game ... Named to the adidas ABCD Camp Senior All-Star Team in the summer of 2001 ... Chose Marquette after considering Illinois and Florida.
Personal: Born June 13, 1984 ... Son of Michael and Jeanne Novak ... Sister, Andrea, plays basketball at Michigan Tech University.
Steve Novak's Career Highs
Points 17 vs. DePaul - Feb. 12, 2003 16 vs. Kentucky - Mar. 29, 2003
Rebounds 5 vs. Louisville - Feb. 27, 2003 5 vs. Charlotte - Feb. 27, 2003
Field Goals 6 vs. DePaul - Feb. 12, 2003 5 vs. Kentucky - Mar. 29, 2003 5 vs. South Florida - Jan. 11, 2003
Field Goal Atts. 8 vs. Kentucky - Mar. 29, 2003 8 vs. DePaul - Feb. 12, 2003
3pt. Field Goals 5 vs. Kentucky - Mar. 29, 2003 5 vs. DePaul - Feb. 12, 2003
3pt. Field Goal Atts. 8 vs. Kentucky -Mar. 29, 2003
Free Throws 5 vs. UAB - Mar. 1, 2003
Free Throw Atts. 6 vs. UAB - Mar. 1, 2003
Assists 3 vs. Coppin State - Nov. 22, 2002
Steals 1 on seven occasions
Minutes 27 vs. Kentucky - Mar. 29, 2003
3pt. Year GP-GS FG-FGA PCT FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AV 02-03 33- 0 67-133 .504 55-109 .505 31-33 .939 71/2.2 220/6.7