Michigan coach John Beilein says it's all up to senior Caris LeVert now, unclear if he'll return for Wednesday's trip to Minnesota.

Michigan coach John Beilein says it's all up to senior Caris LeVert now, unclear if he'll return for Wednesday's trip to Minnesota.

All signs point to Michigan senior Caris LeVert returning to the Wolverines' lineup sooner than later.

Possibly.

Michigan coach John Beilein says LeVert will travel with the team to Minnesota for Wednesday's match-up with the Golden Gophers, fully set to participate in shoot around and potentially in pregame warm-ups.

"Caris practiced for one hour yesterday," Beilein said. "That was the longest he has gone without us pulling him out, seeing how he felt. I had a talk with him, everything was good today but this is his call, this is not my call. 

"This is his call and we'll see what he feels like after today's practice, how much he can go once again."

LeVert has now missed the last 10 games for Michigan as the Wolverines now fight to respond from two embarrassing losses at home to Indiana and Michigan State.

The key for LeVert right now is he's practicing pain free, according to Beilein. But again, when or how the Ohio native returns to the floor continues to be a mystery, undoubtedly bound to deal with some rust.

"That's the puzzle," Beilein said. "We're going to practice today and we'll have some actions for him defensively and offensively that he's got to learn and then you just don't know what it's going to be like. 

"It's extremely important that he plays when he's ready to play and not at risk of any further injury so it's a puzzle."

Beilein says Michigan has increased his practice time daily, from 15 minutes to 30 to 45 and so on, not yet fully going up and down the floor.

Also playing a factor in this decision, LeVert's NBA future which now sits just a couple of months away.

"(We) try to guide him but it's his call," Beilein said. "There's a time you either jump in the water, you just got to go. 

"Can you swim or can't you? He's got to sort of figure out if he can do it and don't look back. But once again, I want him to feel really comfortable about it."


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