July 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Michigan's Caris LeVert ranked No. 27 on Ford's first 2015 Big Board

Caris LeVert is a junior from Pickerington, Ohio. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)

Michigan swingman Caris LeVert is No. 27 on the first Big Board for the 2015 NBA draft published by ESPN’s Chad Ford.

The 6-6 LeVert, who will be a junior, was Michigan’s No. 3 scorer last season with a 12.9 average. He also averaged 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 34.0 minutes.

Ford’s Big Board (pay site) is an assessment of players who are candidates to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft.

“LeVert was one of the most improved players in the country last year,” Ford says. “After getting almost no attention from scouts as a freshman, he's now firmly on the board as a potential first-round pick. He's a great athlete, has range on his jump shot, plays terrific defense and even showed some nice court vision. If he builds on his terrific sophomore season, he'll hear his named called by Adam Silver on draft night.”

The No. 1 player on the Big Board is Duke-bound big man Jahlil Okafor.

Michigan State swingman Branden Dawson is among six players “on the cusp” of moving into the top 30, according to Ford.