Last season was derailed by season-ending injuries to Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton Jr. for John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines.
LeVert was a possible NBA prospect entering last season, but the dreams were put on hold following his foot injury. Walton was entering his sophomore season, ranked as a Top 100 player entering the season. Also suffering a foot injury, the Wolverines were behind the eight-ball for most of the season.
According to Detroit Free Press, Beilein spoke on the Huge radio show about the two players returning from injury.
“Walton is all but back, he practiced without any restrictions today and really did a good job,” Beilein said.
“LeVert, when people see him, they’re really going to be surprised the strength in his upper body. When you have a foot injury, there’s not much you can do in the weight room except work on your upper body and he is so much stronger. When he pulls himself on his jump shot, he’s got even more lift on his jump shot.”
The two players will be crucial in a return to form for the Wolverines who finished the season at 16-16, with a losing record in conference play.
With a roster that fielded twelve players in their freshman or sophomore seasons last year, as well as four-star PF Moritz Wagner joining the tea, the Wolverines will certainly have higher expectations this season.
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