Foot injury ends season for Michigan’s LeVert
This has already been a challenging season for coach John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines.
It just got a lot worse.
One day after escaping with a 56-54 victory over a weak Northwestern team, the Wolverines announced that star guard Caris LeVert will miss the remainder of the season beause of a left foot injury sustained during the game. He will undergo surgery later this week.
LeVert, a junior, leads Michigan in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. He missed most of the offseason program after having surgery on the same foot in May.
"Caris has been working so hard this season and for this to happen is very unfortunate," Beilein said in a statement. "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."
LeVert was expected to be headed for the NBA after this season, but it’s unclear if that will change due after needing surgery twice on the same foot.
"While this is obviously not what I wanted, I know this team will come together and be stronger because of it," LeVert said in the statement. "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."
The Wolverines improved to 11-7 with the win over Northwestern, including a 4-2 mark in the Big Ten, but losing LeVert means that one of the worst offenses in the conference will now have to get by without its best player.