Michigan senior Caris LeVert addressed media Monday leading into Tuesday's trip to Ohio State.

Michigan senior Caris LeVert addressed media Monday leading into Tuesday's trip to Ohio State.

Michigan senior wing Caris LeVert is back -- kind of.

LeVert met with media Monday leading into Tuesday's trip to Columbus to take on Ohio State, calling himself a "game time decision" against the Buckeyes.

Making his return to the floor for Saturday's win over Purdue at Crisler Center, after previously missing 11 games, LeVert played 11 minutes, grabbing five rebounds with zero points.

During the long recovery process from the undisclosed injury, LeVert admitted it was difficult on everyone.

"First of all I just want to thank each and every one of you for respecting me, my teammates and my family throughout the process," LeVert said in an opening statement. 

"I know it was tough not getting all of the information and along those lines, we can't really talk about the specifics of the injury still but I'm just happy to be out there playing again, playing with my teammates again, winning and helping any way I can."

Fortunately for LeVert, his teammates have picked up the slack in conference play. The Wolverines sit at 9-4 in the Big Ten and outside of back-to-back blow out losses at home to Indiana and Michigan State, remain in the hunt for an NCAA tournament berth.

Despite that, some criticized LeVert for sitting out despite being cleared by doctors. As LeVert said Monday, he heard the naysayers. 

"I did but like I said I know it was tough not getting all the information," LeVert said. "We still have the greatest fans in the country so I'm not really worried about that. 

"As a fan you want to see everybody out there playing so I respect the fans, I respect everyone."

Playing a little longer than intended against the Boilermakers after Duncan Robinson was forced to sit with foul trouble, LeVert knows the road to full strength will be a treacherous one.

"I feel pretty good," he said. "I'm still working each and every day to get back to 100-percent, get my wind back and everything like that. Get the rhythm back. My teammates and coaches are doing a good job every day of pushing me in practice."

During the process, John Beilein continued to state he believed LeVert would return to the floor this season.

While no one expected LeVert to miss the rest of the year, he says that thought never crossed his mind either, looking to remain positive.

Putting off the NBA draft to return for his senior year, LeVert says his professional future was a very small percentage of the thought process over the last month and a half.

"I tried not to think about that too much," LeVert said. "I tried getting better each and every day, didn't try to look too far in the future. 

"Just tried to stay in the present, get better every day and right now I'm to a point where I'm able to play in games again, so I'm happy about that."

LeVert believes there's enough time left in the season for him to return to 100-percent.

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