Caris LeVert enters his junior year with a huge role this season replacing the talented Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III. LeVert had a successful season last year as a usual third option, but at the start of this season all eyes will be on LeVert to handle most of the scoring load. Caris averaged just under 13 points last season, but a bigger role is needed to help this young roster succeed.
With a lack of size inside and little emphasis on scoring in the paint, the bulk of the points will come from the perimeter from Spike Albrecht, Zak Irvin, Derrick Walton Jr. and mainly Caris LeVert. Many even consider LeVert as a projected All-American this upcoming season. LeVert is recovering from off season foot surgery, but is already getting back in the swing of things and started on Sunday in Michigan’s first game on the Italy trip. He finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals.
LeVert was one of the most improved players in the country last season with increases in rebounds, assists, points and field goal percentage. Towards the end of the season LeVert struggled throughout the NCAA tournament. However, we recently learned that LeVert may have been hurt during the end of the season. LeVert played through the pain with the risk of losing playing time he strived so hard for. The Italy trip will give LeVert a chance to get his groove back and prepare to lead these Wolverines.
LeVert is being watched all over the college basketball world and unanimously has been given the reigns to this young Wolverines team. He was an extremely underrated contributor last season and is ready to become the All-American the nation is expecting. Along with Albrecht, LeVert is the only one who has experienced a national championship berth and Elite Eight appearance. This experience is key to helping bring the young roster together. His role has increased each season. This season figures to be his breakout campaign. LeVert is poised to become a star with his versatility on the wing, athleticism and shooting ability.
According to Geoff Robinson of the Detroit News, Coach Beilein said, “LeVert is showing flashes of his usual self, and that having him back and healthy is a big key for this team. He started playing last week, and he’s not himself yet.”
LeVert was asked about his role this year as most likely Michigan’s best player and leader and according to Geoff Robinson LeVert said, “I know I have to take on that leadership role along with Derrick, Spike and Zak. We have six freshmen, so we’re a growing team.”
The 2014-2015 Michigan Wolverines will have a different looking roster this season, with their next star and likely All-American Caris LeVert ready to hold the reigns and lead a young roster to another successful season.