ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Caris LeVert joins elite company in Michigan basketball history, making him just the fourth Wolverine ever to achieve a triple-double in U-M’s 77-62 Tuesday night win against Northern Kentucky.
An accomplishment he says, he didn’t even know was possible till he was informed by a teammate minutes down the stretch run of the game.
“I think D.J. (Wilson) came and told me the second to last media timeout,” LeVert recalled. “He told me I was one rebound and one assist away.”
LeVert would finish with 13 points, 10 rebounds and get his tenth and final assist on a feed to a streaking Mark Donnal for the score.
“The lane just opened up really,” LeVert said of his final assist. “I came off a ball screen, and they both doubled me and Mark just rolled down the middle.”
Adding: “I pretty much knew at that point.”
LeVert’s historic night makes him the fourth Wolverine to notch a triple-double, and the first since Darius Morris achieved the feat in 2011. Former U-M greats Gary Grant (1987) and Manny Harris (2009) also join LeVert in the triple-double club.
"It's an honor to be mentioned with Gary Grant, Darius and Manny, it's just a blessing," said LeVert, who also reached the 1000-point milestone early on in the first half.
“I thought it was pretty cool,” LeVert said of his applause by the fans when he lef the court with under two minutes to play. “To accomplish (the triple-double) and the 1000th point in one game is pretty cool.”
Like LeVert, U-M coach John Beilein wasn’t paying attention to his star players stat line, but knew he was doing something special.
"I just knew he was having a really good game," Beilein said. "When everybody started cheering, I asked 'what just happened? Are they giving out free hamburgers or something when you score a certain amount of points?’ I didn't know what was going on. You guys could see all that stuff, I just knew he was having a really good game."
When asked what it means to record a triple-double and score his 1000th point in the same night means for his career? LeVert, well, gave all the credit to U-M’s coaches.
“It’s a blessing, the coaches really do a good job of developing players,” LeVert said. “I think myself and the rest of the team is really a product of that our success, and that really helps us wins games as well.”
Adding: “You dream about stuff like this back to when you’re a kid playing basketball, watching TV. You dream about being a senior on a college team winning games and things like that.”
Michigan (8-3) plays host to Youngstown State this Saturday at 6 p.m.