Michigan announced on Sunday afternoon that star junior guard Caris LeVert is out for the season with a left foot injury. The guard will have surgery this week on the same foot he had surgery on in May and will be on a 12-week recovery and rehabilitation program, the school announced.
LeVert left Crisler Arena on crutches after the Wolverines won yesterday against Northwestern.
“Caris has been working so hard this season and for this to happen is very unfortunate,” Michigan head coach John Beilein said in the release. “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 is the team’s leader in scoring (14.9), rebounding (4.9), assists (3.7), steals (1.7) and minutes (35.8) per game for Michigan, who is 11-7 this season.
“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 release. “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 loss of the 6-foot-7 LeVert means that Michigan loses an efficient scorer who can create shots for himself or others. An already struggling team is now likely out of the NCAA Tournament picture, as the Wolverines struggled enough with the potential All-American in the lineup.