Coach: LeVert to decide by Wednesday


caris-levert[1]According to Pickerington Central coach Jerry Francis, Caris LeVert will announce his college decision by Wednesday. The 6-foot-5 guard wrapped up his Michigan visit on Friday and has also visited Dayton and Purdue within the last two weeks.

Now it appears that the Ohio decommitment is ready to wrap things up. As we reported on Sunday, that appears to be good news for the Wolverines.

“It’s got to get done this week,” Francis said in a phone interview today. “It has to get done by Wednesday. His mother’s on top of him, I’m on top of him, so I think he’s ready to get things done between these three schools.”

Xavier and Iowa were originally in the hunt for LeVert’s services but the Ohio native will decide between the three schools he’s visited.

Related Video: Caris LeVert Senior Year, Open Gym Highlights

Francis said he did not talk to LeVert following his Michigan visit, but he did text him. LeVert told him he had a great time, enjoyed the coaches and maybe just as importantly, he ate a lot – which is “what he needs.” Francis also reported that the Wolverines offered LeVert a scholarship on his visit.

Francis isn’t concerned that he hasn’t heard from LeVert in person or over the phone following the Michigan visit as today was Senior Appreciation Day at Pickerington Central, so LeVert and his fellow seniors were not in school. But Francis won’t let LeVert off the hook for much longer.

“I’m going to give him today, but if I don’t hear anything from him tonight, then I’m going over to his house,” Francis joked.

  • SamGoBlue

    The writing is on the wall…I really hope he comes to Michigan, I think he could be a good get and provide much-needed depth down the line.

  • 2000grad

    Is he likely to redshirt, or see the floor as a freshman?

    • SamGoBlue

      That’s a good question, and probably one that we won’t know the answer of until the fall. Looking at the roster right now, the 2/3 that LeVert is likely to play seems fairly deep, so if I had to bet I would say he does redshirt.

    • Adam

      Yeah most guys normally do not redshirt, but UM is going to be so deep at the 2/3 next year that I don’t know how JB will find time for all of them.. usually JB has a pretty short rotation because he likes to maintain rhythm.. I just hope too many guys don’t get too unhappy with their playing time early and will be patient that they will receive more playing time later in their careers

    • BlueRev

      I love when we can rs guys–particularly good players like LeVert appears to be.
      That chance to gain system knowledge, strength and an extra year development pays dividends for program and individual. Not suggesting he’s NBA-bound but everyone’s got dreams–and having 5 years of growth in play and education is not a bad idea (of course everyone wants to get lotsa playing time too).

      • Adam

        Yeah I don’t think many kids commit to a school wanting to redshirt.. If he commits, he is expecting to earn playing time right away

        • But that’s not to say coaches don’t sign a kid knowing they might redshirt ;-) In all honesty, redshirting is usually something that happens when you are a week or two into practice, or the first game or two has gone by, and you realize that you aren’t going to get a chance.


    No way will he learn the system and play any meaningful minutes his first year. Even sophomore year is a stretch. Instant gratification is what they want nowadays.

    • Will Stauskas, McGary or Robinson learn the system in one year?

      Freshman have played significant roles in Michigan’s last two seasons — a freshman has basically been the best player on the team in both years.

  • Mr_Sledge

    Any updates on this? I thought he was going to make a decision a few days ago?