ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Well documented throughout last year was the off-season work put in by Caris LeVert and Nik Stauskas, opting to stay in Ann Arbor for both spring and summer sessions to work on their bodies and improve their games at Michigan.
For LeVert specifically, the transformation was eye popping as his points per game increased from 2.3 as a freshman to 12.9 as a sophomore.
But the year and long 37 game season took its toll on LeVert’s body, forcing him to opt for surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot in mid May.
On Tuesday, Michigan coach John Beilein updated LeVert’s status.
“The surgery was a success,” Beilein said. “He’s just, you know what with some of our players, he is such a grinder and he is in that gym so long that we didn’t want to take any chances.
“We expect him to be full go within probably by the beginning of August, if not sooner.”
Originally expected to be out 8 to 10 weeks, LeVert’s recovery appears to be right on schedule.
One of the key cogs on Michigan’s Big Ten regular season championship team, LeVert’s injury came out of nowhere to John Beilein.
“The last week (of the season) is when I first heard about something,” Beilein said. “Now, he may have complained to teammates or whatever but there’s all kinds of aches and pains. But no he didn’t look like it certainly, those last couple rebounds he got.
“It’s a common injury and it’s originally called the march, I forget the name of it, it’s the march injury from infantry marching, continuous use cause he is in the gym so much. So, maybe it’s good he’ll be off his feet for a while.”
Asked whether or not he or Michigan will be worried about a similar injury to someone else in the future, Beilein chalked the whole issue up to just being one of those things, and a part of the game.
“It’s going to happen to some people now and then,” he said. “It does happen, a stress fracture in the foot does happen, but we are really being cautious in it and it’s the right thing to do.”
Originally invited to and planning to attend Kevin Durant’s camp this June, Beilein doesn’t believe LeVert will be in attendance, instead gearing up for a very important eight or nine day trip to Europe at the end of August.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “I think, I know his only plan is to stay here, go to school, and get ready for our trip.”