Michigan rules out Caris LeVert; college career ended by leg injury

Caris LeVert’s college career is over. (USATSI)

Caris LeVert’s college career is done, officially.

After weeks of uncertainty and trying to return to the lineup, Michigan has ruled out the senior guard for the rest of the season because of lingering effects from a leg injury. LeVert was the team’s leader in points, rebounds and assists at the time he suffered the injury against Illinois on Dec. 30.

Michigan previously said it wouldn’t rule LeVert out for the season while he tried to get back onto the court to finish his career with the team. There were two months of questions, a brief 18-minute performance against Purdue followed by whispers that he might be done for the year.

“After some prayer and talking it over with my family, coach [John] Beilein and the medical staff, we all feel it is best for me to concentrate on getting fully healthy,” LeVert said Tuesday. “There is still some discomfort that does not allow me to help this team the way I want.”

A fully-healthy LeVert could greatly improve Michigan’s chances of causing some damage in the Big Ten Tournament but any further injury could greatly impact his chances of getting a favorable grade for the NBA Draft.

“This has been a tough two months for Caris,” Beilein said in the statement. “He has worked so hard to get back to this point, and Caris’ long-term health is what is most important.

“Caris has been a pleasure to coach; he is a wonderful young man with a brilliant future. I am confident he will have a very successful professional career because his talent, attitude, quickness and versatility make every team better.”

LeVert played in 103 career games for Michigan, scored 1,070 points and was named team captain twice and played on the national runner-up squad of 2013 and the 2014 team that made the Elite Eight.

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