As if the Michigan basketball program needed more bad news in the early goings of their off-season, the Wolverines will reportedly be without soon to be junior wing Caris LeVert for nearly two months after undergoing surgery Monday in Ann Arbor.
“Caris underwent surgery today for a stress fracture of his foot at the University of Michigan hospital,” Michigan 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.”
The LeVert injury news certainly comes at a critical time for the Wolverines after losing the final three starters from Michigan’s 2013 Final Four run as sophomores Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary all announced their intentions to leave early for the NBA, McGary’s decision being notably a tougher blow after receiving what would have been a year long ban for failing an NCAA mandated drug test during March’s tournament run.
LeVert catapulted himself into national discussion as one of the break out players and top performers throughout the 2013-14 season averaging 12.9 points per game in 37 starts, an increase from the 2.3 points per game LeVert averaged in his freshman season that included just one start in 33 appearances.
LeVert was voted a Big Ten All-Second Team performer by coaches and media and named Michigan’s Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player.
LeVert now represents the bulk of returning production for a Michigan team that will welcome in six true freshmen and center Mark Donnal coming off a redshirted first season with the Wolverines.
As Beilein mentioned in his statement on LeVert, the Wolverines will have extra time in the pre-season to gain familiarity with one another when they head off to Europe for exhibition games at the end of August.