Beilein: Caris LeVert suffered ‘complete’ fracture in left foot

Alejandro Zúñiga

Caris LeVert’s season-ending foot injury was a “complete” fracture of a bone in his left foot, Michigan coach John Beilein said Monday.

Speaking on the Big Ten coaches teleconference, Beilein said doctors expect a 100% recovery for the Wolverines’ captain, who leads the team in points, assists and rebounds.

LeVert had surgery on the same foot in May.

“Same foot, same bone — everything,” Beilein said. “The first fracture was not a fracture. It was a stress-related thing which shows it would fracture there. This time, it was a complete fracture.

“Very optimistic — doctors expect 100% recovery.”

According to Sunday’s announcement of the injury, LeVert is scheduled to undergo surgery this week, followed by a 12-week period of recovery and rehabilitation. In the spring, he’ll also have the choice to either declare for the NBA Draft or return to Ann Arbor for his senior year.

The majority of basketball analysts project LeVert as a first-round pick despite the injury.

The Michigan captain took a team-high 19 shots in a 56-54 win over Northwestern on Saturday. Facing the remainder of a challenging Big Ten schedule without LeVert means several freshmen will have the chance to step up and contribute — and they’ll need to in a big way if the Wolverines want a successful season.

“As bad as we feel for Caris, great opportunity for other young men to grow,” Beilein said.

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  • Wayman Britt

    Glad to hear he will be back at 100%. Without Caris, Beilein is going to have to find some other way to score. Here are a couple of ways, not saying they will produce wins, but some changes are needed:
    1. Move Walton to Caris’s spot and let Spike and MAAR run the point. Run Walton through the screens that Caris would have gotten. Walton does not need to bring the ball up the court. Much rather have him dribble drive in the lane.
    2. Pass the ball down to Doyle on the block and let him try to get 6 or 8 points off of post moves. Now I know he is not fully developed in post moves and that is not Beilein’s normal style, but UM is desparate for offense and Doyle has shown he can hit a jump hook.
    3. Zak, Zak, Zak, coaches should force him to drive to hoop from the wing. We know he has had trouble hitting a lay up, but he is our best hope at this point.
    4. Hope that Dawkins is not a one game wonder in hitting the three, although he has not shown anything since the big game.

  • David Remmler

    100%, I like to hear that! Great news for Caris longer term!

    It will be interesting to see how we adjust. Everybody will need to step up and grow. While this is probably good for the team longer term, it may be painful in the short run.

  • robpollard

    He absolutely, positively, has to enter the draft if he is seen as a possible first-round pick. If he (God forbid) has this injury again next year in college, I can’t see a team ever drafting him. There are too many players who washed out with chronic foot injuries for anyone to risk a draft pick on someone who (in this case) injures the same foot 3 times in 2 years.

    I hope he gets to 100% health and would be delighted if he came back. But if “the majority of basketball analysts project LeVert as a first-round pick despite the injury” is true, than he needs to go.

    • brian coburn

      You just simultaneously gave a reason for what he should do if he’s a first round pick and then explained why he has little to no chance to be a first rounder this season. Going pro now and likely not getting a guaranteed contract is more of risk than coming back and risking injury is. Who cares about the “majority of basketball analysts”? These are the same sources that had GR3 as a borderline lottery selection a year ago.

      • NorthernBlue

        Time will tell. In Caris’s best interest, if he is all but guaranteed the guaranteed first round money he should take it. If he is a borderline first rounder than things become a little murkier for me. He isn’t strong enough to compete for minutes his first year in my opinion, but when you are a first round pick teams are a lot more patient with you. As a second rounder it is sink or swim off the bat, ussually. That guaranteed money is ussually atleast 4 or 5 million throughout the first 3 years of guaranteed money. Caris seems like a smart kid who wouldn’t blow that money and would keep working his tail off to earn a second contract.

        • brian coburn

          And in what world would he be “all but guaranteed first round money” with this injury?