Michigan junior guard Caris LeVert can begin the road to recovery after suffering a season-ending injury in Saturday’s win.
LeVert had successful surgery on Wednesday to repair the complete fracture in his left foot, UM coach John Beilein said. LeVert is expected to have a 12-week recovery and rehab period.
“I talked with him last night and he’s in really good spirits,” Beilein said Thursday morning on the “Michigan Insider” radio show on WTKA-AM (1050). “The doctors were all very pleased with how it all turned out and they have high expectations for a 100 percent recovery.”
LeVert, who led the Wolverines in scoring, rebounding, assists, blocks and minutes played, didn’t make the trip for Tuesday’s win at Rutgers — the first game he has missed since he became a regular during his freshman season — but is on track to begin regular workouts in April, just after the season ends.
Last season, LeVert suffered a stress fracture in the same bone of the same foot, so he’s familiar with the road back to recovery. Although he’ll miss the rest of the season, he’ll have the whole summer to work out and get ready for next season.
“If this happened at the end of the year, maybe it might be very good for us but (not) for his overall development,” Beilein said. “(Last) summer, when he was not able to work out, that got in the way of his development because of the way he approaches his own development.
“By the time our season’s over, he’ll be able to dive right back into getting his body bigger and stronger and improving his game.”
Beilein recalled that LeVert’s stress fracture last season was due to extended use by constant workouts, but didn’t say whether this complete fracture was caused by the same issue and came as a result of overuse.
“It can be due to overuse or it can be just a fluke,” Beilein said. “I broke the exact same bone back when I was a teacher, and I guarantee I wasn’t overusing it. I came down on somebody’s foot at the time and just did it.
“There’s a lot of different ways you can do that.”