Michigan star wingman Caris LeVert will miss the remainder of the season due to a left foot injury suffered during the team’s Saturday win over Northwestern. The junior has off-season surgery to repair an injury to the same foot, but LeVert appeared to have aggravated the injury during the game.
“Caris has been working so hard this season and for this to happen is very unfortunate,” Michigan coach John Beilein said in a statement released by the school. “If we know anything about Caris, he will do everything it takes to not only get better, but to help his teammates during this time.
“He is a tremendous young man who I will really miss coaching the remainder of the season. However, I am optimistic he will have a complete recovery.”
Entering Saturday, LeVert had started in 55 straight games for the Wolverines averaging 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. These exceptional numbers had many NBA analysts believing that LeVert would be a first round selection, but the injury could scare off some teams from selecting the Wolverine star.
“While this is obviously not what I wanted, I know this team will come together and be stronger because of it,” LeVert said in the release. “Now more than ever, it is important for all of us to support this team.
“For me, I am familiar with the recovery process and what work lies ahead for me. I am very confident that I will return 100 percent and have already begun work to ensure that happens.”
The LeVert news is just icing on the cake for the Michigan Wolverines 2014-15 season, as the team has a rather mediocre 11-7 record having suffered home losses to NJIT and Eastern Michigan. Entering the season, Michigan had goals of returning to the NCAA tournament for the fifth consecutive year, but instead must focus on simply qualifying for a post-season tournament.
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