Caris LeVert’s journey to the NBA draft has been an arduous one.
Some thought he was ready to make the jump to the NBA after his junior season. But LeVert opted to return to Michigan and his decision ultimately backfired, as he sustained his third foot injury and played in only 15 games during his final season.
LeVert’s draft stock is now muddled. He underwent surgery in late March and was unable to participate in the NBA Combine. He is projected as a second-round pick by most analysts, but he could still sneak into the first round.
Michigan coach John Beilein is confident LeVert will pan out in the NBA no matter where’s drafted and that might be an understatement.
“I choose to think that this is going to be one of the best stories ever told when he has a great NBA career and it all works out and he has his degree,” Beilein told MLive.com’s Brendan F. Quinn.
The 6-foot-7 shooting guard averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season while shooting better than 50 percent from the field and 44.6 percent from three-point range. He has the athleticism and length to play as a guard or small forward, but there are obviously plenty of questions regarding his potential. LeVert even wrote an open letter to NBA GMs explaining why he’s worth a chance at the next level.
LeVert has the talent and work ethic to make it. Now he just needs an NBA team to give him a shot, preferably in the first round of Thursday night’s draft. If Beilein is correct, his former guard could be the greatest diamond in the rough in the 2016 class.