The Michigan Wolverines are getting a key piece of their rotation back next year. Per Mgoblue.com, dynamic guard Caris Levert will return for his senior season after having his junior campaign cut short by a foot injury.
“Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my future,” said LeVert. “My family and I, along with the coaching staff, gathered as much information as possible.
“After considering my options, I am excited to announce I will return for my senior year. Coming back allows me to keep working towards my Michigan degree and take the next steps in my development as a player, teammate and a leader of our program. Michigan is a very special place and the college experience only comes once. The future is bright and I am blessed to be part of it.”
Prior to his injury, Levert was leading Michigan with averages of 14.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Levert was shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from beyond the arc, as well as averaging 1.8 steals per contest.
At the time of his injury, Michigan was 11-7 (4-2 Big Ten). Once he was gone, the team finished 16-16 (8-10 Big Ten) and missed the NCAA Tournament.
Head coach John Beilein also expressed his happiness for having Levert return, despite the fact that the 6-foot-7 guard was projected as a late first-round pick on DraftExpress.
“We love coaching Caris and are excited he has decided to come back for his final season,” said head coach John Beilein in a statement.
“His injury last season was unfortunate, but he never wavered in his commitment as a leader, a student or with his rehabilitation. Caris is a special person both on and off the court and we are proud of what he has accomplished. The best is yet to come for a young man like Caris LeVert.”
Combined with the return of teammate Zak Irvin and incoming freshman and German sensation Moritz Wagner, Levert coming back for his senior season makes Michigan a dark horse team to watch, and the rest of the Big Ten would be wise to take note.
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