ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Caris LeVert is back and fully healthy for his senior season.
In fact, U-M’s star guard, who led Michigan in nearly every major statistical category before going down with a fractured left foot in 2014-15, says he will be ready to go when U-M’s opens play in its exhibition opener on Nov. 6 against Le Moyne. It will also be LeVert’s first game action since missing U-M’s final 14 games ofhis junior season, which ended with his second foot surgery in less than a year.
“There is no limitations,” LeVert said when asked about his foot recovery at U-M’s media day on Thursday. “No doubt in my mind as well. So I am just going out there with all I have each and every practice.”
LeVert, who was living up to his preseason All-Big Ten selection before his injury last season, was leading Michigan in points (14.9), rebounds (4.9), assists (3.7), steals (1.7) and minutes (35.8) at the time before his injury.
“It was tough, especially when it first happened,” LeVert said of his injury. “I was heart broken. But my teammates really pushed me through those moments. I really became a better leader. I saw the game from a different perspective as well."
Further adding: “When you’re sitting with the coaches, you’re kind of hear what they have to say. You kind of think as a coach, so you see cutters and things like that. I think that’s the biggest thing I took from that experience.”
Now, LeVert says he’s taking his bench observations from last season to the court this year.
“I think I am seeing the game,” LeVert said. “The game is really slowing down for me another level. I think that’s really helping.”