UM's LeVert still considered first-round talent

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Caris LeVert averaged 14.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 18 games this season before being injured.

Whether Caris LeVert has played his last game at Michigan is unclear.

LeVert, a 6-foot-7 junior guard, has missed the last 13 games because of a foot fracture and is out for the remainder of the season.

But if his NBA draft stock remains high, LeVert could forego his final season to enter the draft. As he did last season, LeVert will have an evaluation by the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee to determine whether he could be a potential first-round pick.

According to the most recent mock draft by Draft Express, LeVert is projected to be the 18th pick, by the Washington Wizards. Only first-round picks have guaranteed contracts.

LeVert would be the fifth first-round pick from UM in the last three years, joining Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary (2014), and Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. (2013).

But teams could have some apprehension about using a first-round pick on LeVert, as he has had two surgeries on the same bone in the same foot. At 6-7, 200 pounds, he also would need to add some muscle to be able to withstand the rigors of the longer NBA season.

ESPN's Chad Ford had LeVert at No. 29 in his mock draft from Feb. 17.

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