Michigan sophomore Caris LeVert will miss 8-to-10 weeks after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his foot, according to a release from Wolverines head coach John Beilein.
The 6-foot-6 sophomore is an All-American candidate next season and had a breakout sophomore season as LeVert made second-team all-Big Ten honors while averaging 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. LeVert also led the Wolverines in steals at 1.2 per game and shot 43 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.
“Caris underwent surgery today for a stress fracture of his foot at the University of Michigan hospital,” Beilein said in the release. “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.”
This obviously isn’t a huge loss for Michigan, since LeVert likely won’t miss the European trip or any games next season, but as the Wolverines’ best returning player with the loss of Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III to the 2014 NBA Draft, it’s never a good feeling to see your star player have surgery and miss time.
Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.
Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.
McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.
The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.
News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.
LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.
Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.
Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.
Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.