Caris LeVert to miss remainder of season with foot injury

Dylan Burkhardt

Caris LeVert will miss the remainder of Michigan’s season due to a foot injury suffered at the end of the Wolverines’ two-point win over Northwestern. LeVert injured the same foot last season and underwent surgery in May.

LeVert was averaging 35.7 minutes, 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds. 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He was also Michigan’s team leader in all of those statistics.

LeVert suffered the injury on this play against the Wildcats as his foot was caught up in a scrap for a loose ball on the final possession of play.

Full University press release below:

University of Michigan junior guard Caris LeVert injured his left foot during Saturday’s (Jan. 17) game vs. Northwestern and is scheduled to have surgery this week. He will miss the remainder of the season following a 12-week recovery and rehabilitation period. LeVert had surgery on the same foot this past May.

“Caris has been working so hard this season and for this to happen is very unfortunate,” said U-M head coach John Beilein. “If we know anything about Caris, he will do everything it takes to not only get better, but to help his teammates during this time. He is a tremendous young man who I will really miss coaching the remainder of the season. However, I am optimistic he will have a complete recovery.”

“While this is obviously not what I wanted, I know this team will come together and be stronger because of it,” said LeVert. “Now more than ever, it is important for all of us support this team. For me, I am familiar with the recovery process and what work lies ahead for me. I am very confident that I will return 100 percent and have already begun work to ensure that happens.”

LeVert has started his last 55 straight games for the Wolverines and was leading U-M in scoring (14.9), rebounds (4.9), assists (3.7), steals (1.7) and minutes (35.8). A preseason All-Big Ten selection, he had 13 double-figure scoring games with four 20-plus point games. This season he had posted several career-highs, highlighted by a career-best 32 points against NJIT (Dec. 6) and a career-best nine assists against Hillsdale (Nov. 15).

  • Chris De Sana

    Wow wow wow………

  • Cory

    Play the freshmen as much as possible now. Best wishes to Caris for a speedy recovery.

  • jakerblue

    welp there goes whatever chance there was to save any kind of this season

  • Caris LeVert was leading Michigan in minutes, points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game.

  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    Not only does this kill Michigan this season, but Levert probably doesn’t go pro now. Leaves no open scholarships for next year (Bielfeldt’s goes to Duncan Robinson).
    No NCAA tourney until 2017, at the earliest.

    • Say what?

      • David DeMember

        He’s probably MORE likely to go pro now…

        • I was just responding to the comment which didn’t make much sense.

          LeVert will have a decision to make one way or the other, but the comment seemed to make it seem like it would be a bad thing if he returned. It also made it seem like Michigan doesn’t have an available scholarship for next year even if LeVert returns to school.

          • A2MIKE

            Bielfeldt’s scholarship will come open and then any attrition opens up more scholarships. Personally, I could see 1 or 2 guys transferring, but won’t speculate further.

    • EchoWhiskey

      I still think he goes pro, but this does seem to put a kink in the plans.

    • MAZS

      To clarify the inferences below, Robinson is already on scholarship–just not eligible.

  • mstein23

    Wow. Tough news for Caris. Best wishes to him for a full recovery.

    This obviously will put to rest any possibilities of battling for a tourney bid. It’s all about developing the freshmen, getting Zak straightened out, and hoping that Caris makes a full recovery and comes back to school for his Senior year, which I’ve got to think is highly likely now.

    2014-15, the lost season….

  • Justin

    That’s it…We will never see Levert again in a UM uni. He is definite top 20 pick and if you are a guaranteed first rounder. I say go for it. I think he has more promise at the next level than any of our current players in the league. He has more length and is most versatile and because of that has the most potential. NBA Draft is all about potential. I talked to a couple scouts a few weeks back and he said he was Top 15 pick, I don’t think this changes any.

    As for UM, they will finish below .500 and hopefully can use Levert’s injury as an excuse for a bad season on the recruiting trail. This season has been difficult to watch.

    Good luck in the NBA, Caris. I would go if I was you!

    • Burke_Does_Work

      Agree with a lot of what you said. Caris is a stat stuffer…none of our former players in the NBA (except maybe McGary) contribute to the game in as many ways as Caris. He will be a poor scorer in the NBA until he gets a lot stronger though.

      • Justin

        Strength doesn’t matter as much as you might think. Durant couldn’t do one rep of 185 at the combine. And Levert can likely do that…Didn’t hurt KD…Obviously Levert doesn’t have KD’s skillset, I’m not comparing them as players just with strength. It’s the NBA not the NFL.

        But yes he can create for others, score some himself, rebound, grab steals and get some blocks. A true stat sheet stuffer. He can be a Jimmy Butler type in the NBA.

    • A2MIKE

      Disagree on almost all points. LeVert has slid to the back end of the first round and will continue to slides as guys emerge as the season progresses. Caris is super young, as he is the typical age of a sophomore now. The upside to returning is being a guaranteed first rounder, just ask GR3. I think its probably a coin flip.

      As for the season, don’t necessarily think finishing below .500 is guaranteed. Only have to win 4 games from here

      • Justin

        It’s gonna be tight on the .500 mark, maybe I’m too pessimistic.

        As for Levert sliding, he has no one to play around at UM currently. One scout said to me because of the lack of production around him, coaches are keying in on him more than ever and as a result sure he has had some down games but they like his progress and overall potential. He is not GR3. All he had was athleticism and that is it. Hence why he is a scrub on one of the worst teams in the NBA.

        See above why Levert is different. When you are a guaranteed first rounder like Levert is and GR3 wasn’t. You should leave and get paid. Don’t turn down millions PERIOD.

        • MAZS

          What jemblue said. The injury is a major wildcard–particularly if it related to last Summer’s.

          I wouldn’t call GRIII a scrub. That’s a high school term. I find it interesting that they have kept him up the entire year when so many higher drafted players have spent time in the D League. I suspect that this is a learning year and the Wolves may well believe he will learn more about becoming a SF with them than if he had returned to college.

        • A2MIKE

          I agree with your premise that you don’t turn the money down if you are guaranteed, but most draft experts have him late in the first round now, and he will only slide from here, anything but guaranteed if you are asking me.

      • 93Grad

        Well you just mentioned why I think Caris still goes pro. Look at GRIII, Manny and Darius. They all should have stayed another year and they all left anyway

    • jemblue

      The injury could be a wild card in his draft evaluation. Two injuries on the same foot is a potential red flag. Hopefully he’ll be okay.

  • MGoTweeter

    Good luck on your recovery caris. We will all miss seeing you out there this season. Take your time and get healthy.

    As for the team this year, could be a big opportunity for Walton in his development, as I would imagine he is really going to have to dominate the ball on offense. This team can no longer afford to have him defer. Rahk is also gonna have to build off his performance last night. Only three ball handlers left on the roster, michigan needs him to play big minutes. The other wing guys certainly get a bump in minutes but I don’t see their roles changing much anytime soon.

    Just gotta take this day by day and try to get to a point where the team has the ability to make a run in the B1G tourney.

  • David Remmler

    Even with Beilein at the helm, this season is almost certainly basically over. Hopefully, the foot injury doesn’t become a longer term problem and he makes it to the NBA as a first rounder. As for Michigan, I really hope we pull in another elite recruit for next year or 2015 will be a wash as well.

  • Wayman Britt

    I feel so sorry for Caris. I hope he has a speedy recovery. Keep your head up Caris, better things to come.

  • polisci

    This is very sad news. I wish Caris all the best on his recovery. Now I’m going to try and be as optimistic as possible. Maybe guys were looking for Caris to do too much and now that they will be forced to stop deferring they will be better; like Iowa without Roy Devyn Marble.

    Not saying that’s going to happen! Just trying desperately to see a way this isn’t a total disaster.

  • Corperryale

    Well, that sucks all around. Caris was a game changer in the maize and blue and I expect more great things from him in the future (whatever that may hold).

    What does the lineup look like from now on? Hard to imagine the “small” lineup starting without LeVert, especially considering the current defensive issues … I think they’ll need MAAR picking up the lion’s share of minutes at the 2. The (very minor) bright side is that young guys are going to get a lot of experience from here on in, which may accelerate their development. I do not consider the season lost.

    Whatever ends up happening likely WILL be a glimpse of things to expect in 2015, unless they land a game-changing recruit or two.

  • Burke_Does_Work

    We weren’t going to win it all anyways, and most likely weren’t going to make the NCAA tourney anyways, so hopefully the rest of the players take this opportunity to develop while playing with house money, so to speak. Still a very unfortunate situation to have Caris injured for the rest of the season. He really gave it all for this team this season. Hopefully he will have a quick recovery and no lasting effects from the injury.

  • jemblue

    I was clinging to a faint hope that we could turn it around and make the tourney . . . I’m finally giving up the ghost. Now I’m just going to watch to see the young guys develop. The pressure will be off, at least.

    I hope we can see one more year of Caris but if not, he’s been a great player and representative of the school and I wish him all the best in his recovery.

  • A2MIKE

    Dylan, is this a break or a ligament, I know the didn’t say, but I assume it was the same as last year.

    • No further info… The way the release is written, the similar time frame for rehab/recovery (12 weeks vs. 8-10 wks in May) and Caris’ quote about being familiar with the recovery process makes it seem as if it’s the same sort of injury.

  • Alex

    I’m so sorry this had to happen to Caris again and hope he has a full recovery and much success in the future with whatever he does. He’s been a pleasure to watch and wishing him the speediest, fullest recovery; good luck with everything.

    This of course stinks for the team and the fan base but nothing anybody can do. Them’s the breaks and hopefully the team develops enough to get back to the Tourney next year.

  • Sean

    This obviously sucks! Now Kameron Chatman will have to step up!

  • Bigrange

    Well, these young players are going to have to step up and show why they deserve to be at a program like Michigan. Irvin is going to have to take the lead and show he can score. At this point I think they are fighting for a NIT bid, which would be a decent accomplishment. Let them grow this season and come back next year with something to prove.