Caris LeVert’s future could depend largely on his NBA draft evaluation.
If the junior guard is projected to be selected in the first round, he’ll consider declaring. Otherwise, he said Wednesday at Michigan’s postseason award celebration, it wouldn’t make sense to leave.
Though LeVert was among the first to receive his draft grade, he requested a reevaluation in order to get an accurate prediction given the number of underclassmen who have declared from other programs in recent weeks. He said the initial projection was “a little” in line with what he had expected.
“I don’t think it really makes sense to go early and be drafted in the second round,” he said.
When will the final decision come?
“I’ll probably have a decision pretty soon,” LeVert explained.
The guard added his injury will play a major role in the process. Until Tuesday, he had been in a walking boot while recovering from surgery on a fractured bone in his foot.
If he returns, LeVert said he’d consider an insurance policy to protect himself financially in the event of further injuries.
“Hopefully, in a couple weeks, I’ll feel better, but that’s tough to gauge right now,” he said.
LeVert said he’s factoring his health and his education — he’s “a couple more semesters” away from graduating. And, he admitted being part of the program next winter could be special.
“We’d be a really good team if I came back,” he said. “There’s pros and cons both ways.