ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It’s no secret Caris LeVert is Michigan’s best player.
In fact, through six game this season, he leads the Wolverines in points (18.5), assists ( 4.0) and minutes (30.8 ) played per game, and is second on the team in rebounds, averaging 4.5 boards per game.
So, essentially, he’s Mr. Everything for Michigan. However, how does he know when to play scorer or distributer? That’s a question LeVert says he juggles during the game, admitting its all about the “feel” for the game at hand, and that’s when he makes his next basketball decision.
“It’s sort of like a feel type of thing,” LeVert said on playing aggressive or not. “In the game against Charlotte, when see guys like Moritz Wagner playing really well, we kind of feed off of that, and try to get him as many touches as possible.
“Then other games when the offense isn’t doing as well, coach (John Beilein) will dial up plays for me to get some baskets and things like that. So it’s just sort of a feel type thing.”
And when does Beilein tell LeVert to be the No.1 scoring option?
“He kind of just does it,” LeVert said. “He puts a lot ownership on Derrick (Walton Jr.) and myself with the backcourt. We have a lot of leeway to call plays and things like that too.”
When asked to access his season so far, LeVert says he grades himself more on his leadership skills than how many buckets he’s scoring.
“So far I would say I’m playing pretty good,” LeVert said. “I mean, obviously we’ve taken a couple losses. As a team I think we’ve bounced back well. Just as that leader that other guys an look up to is the most important thing for me.”
Michigan (4-2) plays ay N.C. State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday at 7 p.m.