The Michigan Wolverines basketball program has been thriving over the past two years under head coach John Beilein, but heading into the 2014-2015 season, the roster will be slightly short-handed after the loss of Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III as early defections to the NBA Draft. However, Michigan is left with one All-American candidate on the roster in the form of shooting guard Caris LeVert, and unfortunately, he has been struck with the injury bug.
In a prepared statement, Beilein had this to say about his top returning player:
“Caris underwent surgery today for a stress fracture of his foot at the University of Michigan hospital. He is doing well and we expect him to make a full recovery in about 8 to 10 weeks. We are confident he will participate in our late summer training and play in our August trip to Europe.”
If there is a “good time” to have a foot surgery as a basketball player, it is in April and May, which provides a silver lining for Michigan fans. Because the rising junior guard won’t miss any significant time, it shouldn’t be a big-time loss for Beilein and company, but with a large workload on the horizon for LeVert, it certainly isn’t ideal.
Last season, LeVert averaged 12.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game on the way to being selected to the All-Big 10 second team, and there is room for improvement in his very talented game. Stay tuned for updates as they arrive, but if all goes to plan, LeVert should be ready when camp opens in the fall.