ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Caris LeVert’s Michigan basketball career is over.
Per statement released by the university athletic office, LeVert will sit out the remainder of the season to concentrate on rehabbing his lower left leg injury, which has sidelined him since late December.
"After some prayer and talking it over with my family, coach (John) Beilein and the medical staff, we all feel it is best for me to concentrate on getting fully healthy," said LeVert in a statement through the athletic department. "There is still some discomfort that does not allow me to help this team the way I want."
LaVert, who last played 11 minutes on Feb. 13 against Purdue, has missed 15 of U-M’s last 16 games. He ends his senior season, averaging 16.5 points with 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. His high-point was netting Michigan’s fourth ever career triple-double, in U-M’s win against Northern Kentucky on Dec.15.
"I am so thankful for what coach Beilein, the assistants and the medical staff have done for me during my collegiate career and in particular while I have dealt with these injuries,” said LeVert, who has been rated by most draft experts with a first round draft grade.
"U-M has provided me the chance to live my dream of playing college basketball and to earn a Michigan degree. There are really no words to express my gratitude for that as well as my love for all my teammates. I am so blessed to be part of this wonderful university and will forever represent the Maize and Blue."
Michigan (20-10, 10-7 Big Ten) must now move forward without either of its preseason captains, Levert and fellow senior Spike Albrecht, who ended his career early due to hip surgery complications in December.
"This has been a tough two months for Caris," said Beilein. "He has worked so hard to get back to this point, and Caris' long-term health is what is most important.
"Caris has been a pleasure to coach; he is a wonderful young man with a brilliant future. I am confident he will have a very successful professional career because his talent, attitude, quickness and versatility make every team better.”
Adding: "He has always carried himself and handled these situations with such class and a level of maturity that is unmatched. This is not how he wanted to finish his career here; however, we know he can hold his head high for how he has represented this great university and our basketball program."
LeVert and Albrecht will be honored before Michigan’s last home game this Saturday versus Iowa at 8 p.m.