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UM's LeVert still first-round prospect, despite injury

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Michigan has been without leading scorer Caris LeVert since he suffered a season-ending foot fracture on Jan. 17 in a win over Northwestern.

It's still unclear if that will be LeVert's final game in a Michigan uniform, as the junior guard still is projected as a first-round NBA draft pick. In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Chad Ford projects LeVert, at 6-foot-6, 185 pounds, as the No. 29 pick, going to the Brooklyn Nets.

"The Nets will drop about 15 spots lower than they should be thanks to the Joe Johnson trade, but they could still come out looking OK if they land LeVert," Ford wrote. "They need a long, versatile wing who can shoot and eventually replace Joe Johnson. LeVert would probably be 5 to 10 spots higher if he hadn't gotten injured this season."

LeVert fell awkwardly on his foot in the final seconds of the Northwestern win, attempting to block the potential tying shot. He has missed the last seven games and the Wolverines have gone 2-5 since his injury.

In 18 games, LeVert averaged 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists as the primary option for UM after Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III left early for the NBA.

Last season, LeVert had his draft stock evaluated before the draft but opted to return for his junior season, when he was a preseason all-Big Ten selection.

LeVert is expected to be able to finish rehab and be able to participate in the pre-draft workouts if he chooses to forego his final season.

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