Michigan senior Caris LeVert details the timeline and thought process in shutting himself down for the rest of the season.

Michigan senior Caris LeVert details the timeline and thought process in shutting himself down for the rest of the season.

For Michigan fans hopeful senior Caris LeVert could return to help the Wolverines NCAA tournament push, disappointment swept through the Ann Arbor area Tuesday when it was announced the Ohio native would miss the rest of the season.

Over his four year career, LeVert has gone from little used role player to No. 1 scoring option, putting off an NBA career on multiple occasions to grow his own game and John Beilein's program.

Heading into senior day Saturday against Iowa at Crisler Center, this is hardly the finish LeVert had in mind.

"I just couldn't really help the team the way the team needed, the way I wanted to help the team," LeVert said Wednesday afternoon. "Coach Beilein thought it was best and I thought it was best. 

"I really wanted to play and it was a real tough decision but we both thought it was best to shut it down."

LeVert says the decision itself came a couple of days ago prior to the release of the official statement Tuesday.

With Michigan's regular season winding down and postseason life still in question, even if LeVert returned to the lineup in any way, shape or form, there's no guarantee he'd be of much help.

"That played a role, I think," LeVert said. "With there being only one regular season game left and then postseason play, I think time was running out."

"It's tough," added LeVert. "Especially with it being my senior year and last go at things. But I'm really proud of the way the team has played thus far. We're still one game away and I think if we get this next game, we're in."

Still finding it best to not disclose the nature of the lower left leg injury that has kept him out for most of Big Ten Conference play, LeVert attempted to make his return back on Feb. 13.

The Wolverines topped Purdue 61-56 at home as LeVert came off the bench to score zero points while grabbing five rebounds in 11 minutes of action.

"I felt good going into the game," LeVert said. "There was still some slight pain but I talked to the doctors and Coach B and they thought it was safe to push through a little bit. 

"But I kind of had a little mishap in the game where it wasn't too serious but it gave me a lot of pain. We tried to shut it down a couple more weeks and we kind of ran out of time a little bit."

And now, LeVert's attention will begin to shift full time toward his immediate health in preparation for the biggest job interview of his life, the NBA Draft.

Despite injuries each of the last three seasons, LeVert is still projected by many to be a late first round or early second round pick in 2016.

For now, LeVert expects to be 100-percent once workouts begin.

"I don't think I'll have to have any procedure done," he said. "Hopefully I'll be ready. I'm going to take a couple weeks off to really get healthy and then try to go at it again and try to train for the combine."


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