Michigan nation officially has its answer as Caris LeVert says he has decided to return to the Wolverines for his fourth and final season in Ann Arbor as a senior in 2015-16.
"Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my future," said LeVert in a statement. "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."
LeVert played the first 18 games of the season for the Wolverines before missing the final 14 due to a break in his right foot, the same foot he underwent surgery on the previous spring.
Prior to his season ending injury, LeVert averaged 14.9 points per game, leading the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and minutes. LeVert began last season as a mid first round pick in the 2015 NBA draft, ultimately ending up as a projected late first round pick according to most mock drafts.
Following the exit of LeVert, Michigan stumbled to a 16-16 finish but did see considerable improvement from freshman wings Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Aubrey Dawkins, both seeing increased roles in the Ohio native's absence.
With everyone returning outside of center Max Bielfeldt, and the additions of transfer eligible Duncan Robinson and German native Moritz Wagner, the Wolverines should have far more depth than a year ago.
His head coach John Beilein, couldn't be more thrilled to have LeVert back.
"We love coaching Caris and are excited he has decided to come back for his final season," said Michigan 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."
LeVert will meet with media Tuesday afternoon to further discuss his decision to return to Michigan for one final season in 2015-16.