After losing three players to the NBA Draft, Michigan was counting on rising junior Caris LeVert to take a major step forward and become a go-to guy next season. And while that still could be the case, LeVert will have to wait until at least August to begin working on his game.
The Wolverines announced Monday night that LeVert is out 8-10 weeks after undergoing foot surgery.
“Caris underwent surgery today for a stress fracture of his foot at the University of Michigan hospital,” coach John Beilein said in a statement. “He is doing well and we expect him to make a full recovery in about 8 to 10 weeks. We are confident he will participate in our late summer training and play in our August trip to Europe.”
LeVert, a 6-foot-6 Ohio native, was one of the surprises of the Big Ten last season, taking on a bigger scoring role and effectively becoming a consistent sidekick to Nik Stauskas. He came on strong during Big Ten play, scoring at least 12 points in 13 of 14 games during one stretch. LeVert can get his own looks, can make shots from the perimeter -- and has the length to be a terrific defender.
With Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary all gone to the NBA, Michigan needs scoring. Throw in the departures of big men Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford, and Beilein is looking for guys to step up. LeVert showed last season he is capable of being a complementary weapon -- next season, he has to be the main option.
LeVert averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season.