LeVert not hurrying back with NBA career on the mind

Before Michigan’s upset win over Maryland yesterday, the Wolverines’ star player, Caris LeVert, spoke to the media for the first time since suffering a lower left leg injury a few weeks back. LeVert remained vague on exactly what the injury was, but made one thing clear, he wasn’t rushing back.

“His doctors and coaches are being really cautious with this injury and factoring in the potential impact it could have on his future,” she said. “He told me, ‘I came back here for my senior year to win games, to play in March and get my degree, but we all know there is a future to consider and we have be thinking what is best long-term, as well.’”

Chad Ford, ESPN’s NBA Draft Expert, currently has LeVert as No. 14 on his big board, projecting the lanky wing as a fringe lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He leads the Wolverines this season in minutes (32.4), points (17.6) and assists (5.2).

There is no doubt LeVert wants to get back on the court, but neither him nor head coach John Beilein is going to bring him back into the lineup prematurely.

“I know we talk, we meet about it every single day, and he gives us a report every day,” Beilein said on WTKA-AM (1050)’s “Michigan Insider” show. “So we’re going to try to do some things today, so the next day is off. I really can’t say right now until we see him. He’s not going to play until he’s out on that practice floor for a couple of days. Today’s the two-week mark. We’ll know more once he can get out there and really, really try it at full speed.  But we do not want this injury to linger. So we’re just being really cautious.”

At this point, LeVert could be out a couple more games, or another month, nobody is really sure. The one thing that is for sure, if the Wolverines are going to make any sort of run in March, they’re going to need LeVert to do it.

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