Caris LeVert is '100-percent' Staying Blue

Sophomore guard Caris LeVert said he has no plans of leaving Michigan and heading to the NBA. ***With Video***

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Caris LeVert is "100-percent" coming back to Michigan for his junior season.

LeVert, who was voted Michigan's most improved player at the team banquet Wednesday night, said he is coming back to U-M after receiving his draft grade from the NBA Draft advisory board.

"Right now, I am coming back to school," LeVert said. "Yeah, for sure."

This news comes a day after teammates Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III both declared for the NBA draft, forging their final two years of eligibility.

LeVert talked about the possibility of going pro with the Michigan coaching staff and his mother, but in the end, he said "It was kind of an easy decision for me."

At 6-foot-6, 185-pounds, LeVert averaged 12.9 points – a 10.6 point improvement from his freshman season – 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and a team-high 1.2 steals per game this past season.

With the loss of Stauskas and Robinson II, LeVert is leading scorer coming back and he will most likely be looked at as Michigan's primary score next season.

"I know I talked it over with the coaches a little bit the other day" LeVert said on his role next season. "Obviously, they are looking more of leadership role for me this year. I am ready to take on that role definitely with my teammates."

LeVert has already been mentioned as a pre-season All-American and has been rated as high as top-5 pick in some 2015 NBA mock drafts.

"It's great getting recognition from people of those standards," Levert said. "That's really saying good things about me and my teammates. So that's a great thing."

Levert said he plans on staying through the summer to work on his game and continue to build his strength with strength coach Jon Sanderson. He also noted he has been invited and most likely will attend the Kevin Durant camp in late June.

"When I got the invitation I was very excited about that," LeVert said. "That's definitely a big thing for me."

With his NBA decision clarified, Levert said his focus now is already towards his junior campaign.

"No, not really. I'm just looking forward to next game, next practice – things like that."

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