The University of Michigan Wolverines prepare for the upcoming 2015-2016 Season in good spirits and full of confidence. It may be because its best player, shooting guard Caris LeVert, has decided to remain in school for a fourth and final year.
LeVert, who is 6’6” tall and weighs in at just one hundred eighty-five pounds, has been a team leader and an outstanding performer for three full years. He is already projected to be a solid performer in the National Basketball Association (NBA), perhaps a difference maker because he is athletic and basketball-savvy.
But professional basketball is still a full year away for this outstanding shooting guard. He is in school for a fourth year, probably because he wants to earn his degree and because he believes that the Wolverines can have a great season, one that includes victories in the “March Madness” tournament.
That is still months away. The Wolverines will have plenty of time and about thirty in-season games to prove their worth, to themselves and to their loyal fans.
In truth, if LeVert plays to his potential, or as well as he performed in 2014 before a foot injury and surgery robbed him of the final twelve games played by his team which won only five of them, the current edition of the Wolverines can get into the national tournament and do well against top competition.
Consider what Caris LeVert produced last year before injury ended his season with a dozen games remaining to be played. The shooting guard with the deadly accurate jump shot averaged a team-high 14.9 points per game, corralled a whopping (for a shooting guard) 4.9 rebounds per game dished out 3.7 assists per game.
Those are all-star numbers and what is even more impressive for this human dynamo of a basketball player, LeVert averaged nearly thirty-six minutes of game time — game after game after hotly-contested game. It needs to be stated that college basketball games are comprised of two twenty minute halves. That means LeVert rarely left the floor for even a brief break.
His presence on the hardwood was obviously essential to the Wolverines, especially if they wanted to emerge victorious. They did win far more frequently than they lost and Caris LeVert deserves much of the credit for his team’s success.
This squad still has much to prove. It is fortunate that its top performer, Caris LeVert, has elected to put off his professional career as a National Basketball Association (NBA) star performer for one more year.
Education that leads to a degree and a desire to help his teammates and the school they play for excel in tournament play are obviously important to him His chance to become an overnight millionaire will come next year. This year, however, Caris LeVert is committed to “being a college kid” one more time. He knows he will never get another chance while his NBA career is virtually guaranteed to begin anytime he leaves school.
The future is very bright for this young and talented performer.
Courtesy of NBC Sports