Michigan was badly hit with injuries to its backcourt last season as starting point guard Derrick Walton (toe) and starting shooting guard Caris LeVert (foot) both missed significant time. Both Walton and LeVert are recovering this offseason and they’re joined in the recovery process by rising senior guard Spike Albrecht (hip surgery).
According to Wolverines head coach John Beilein, Walton and LeVert will both participate in team workouts the next two weeks. Beilein spoke to reporters, including Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press, at Oakland head coach Greg Kampe’s charity golf outing.
“Derrick will be full-go,” Beilein said of his starting point guard. “And Caris is actually gonna do some drills with us. He’s not gonna go full yet, won’t go full court.”
Albrecht, meanwhile, will be walking on his own soon after surgery on both hips this offseason that should alleviate some discomfort that he was playing through last season. It appears all three veteran guards should be healthy by the time the 2015-16 season begins and the trio is a big reason why Michigan sits at No. 17 in our way-too-early Top 25.
Michigan’s 2014-15 season was hampered by injuries.
Caris Levert’s season ended on January 18. Spike Albrecht played through a hip injury all of last year. And sophomore guard Derrick Walton missed the final 12 games with a foot injury he had dealt with since November.
On Friday, the Michigan athletic department posted this clip of Walton working out:
Walton averaged 10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, shooting 35 percent from the field.
There aren’t many programs currently dealing with as many injuries as Michigan is in their back court.
It starts with Spike Albrecht, who already had surgery on one hip and may need the same procedure done on the other one. He’s out for as long as five months.
Then there is Derrick Walton, the guy who Albrecht started in place of for much of the second half of the season. He missed the final two months of the season with a foot injury, and it doesn’t appear like he is going to be back on the floor anytime soon, according to a report from the Detroit Free-Press.
“He was shut down for the rest of this spring session just to be sure,” head coach John Beilein said of Walton. “I’m thinking, when we get into May, we’ll probably have some workouts. […] So I would assume when we do any workouts in the May-June term, he’ll be a part of those.”
And then there is Caris LeVert, who will likely be in a walking boot until mid-May as he recovers from a broken foot, the second time he has broken that left foot in the last year. LeVert’s status is complicated by the fact that he could very well end up entering the 2015 NBA Draft.
The NBA’s deadline to enter the draft is April 26th.