Caris LeVert will return to Michigan for his senior season

Caris LeVert will be back, and it’s going to pay big dividends for Michigan. (USATSI)

Michigan will have its best player back in 2015-16.

Caris LeVert and the school announced on Tuesday morning that the likely future NBA player is going to play out his senior year in Ann Arbor. LeVert missed the second half of the 2014-15 season due to an injury in his left foot that mandated surgery.

“Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my future,” LeVert said via statement. “My family and I, along with the coaching staff, gathered as much information as possible. After considering my options, I am excited to announce I will return for my senior year. Coming back allows me to keep working towards (sic) my Michigan degree and take the next steps in my development as a player, teammate and a leader of our program. Michigan is a very special place and the college experience only comes once. The future is bright and I am blessed to be part of it.”

Here’s an insane reality: It’s Frank Kaminsky-like just how valuable LeVert was to his team last season. He led the Wolverines in scoring (14.9), rebounds (4.9), assists (3.7), steals (1.7) and minutes (35.8) through the 18 games he played last season. According to Michigan, only six players could say the same thing of their performance to their teams as of mid-January.

LeVert-less Michigan went 5-9 without its star and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.

Michigan is ranked 18th in CBSSports.com’s Ridiculously Early Top 25 (and one).

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