Michigan junior guard Caris LeVert (#7 on the Peachtree Hoops Draft Rankings) is out for the rest of the college season after re-injuring his foot against Northwestern on Saturday. LeVert was having an up-and-down year for a struggling Michigan team and projected to be selected in the middle of the first round by most draft experts. Facing a 12-week rehabilitation, LeVert should be available physically prior to the draft if he chooses to enter. While it is unknown how the injury will affect his draft status, Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress sees him remaining in first round if he decides to declare for the draft.
Don't think Caris LeVert has had a great season, but no question in my mind he's a 1st round pick. Super versatile guard w/plenty of upside.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) January 18, 2015
LeVert was profiled on Peachtree Hoops as a player that would fit well in Atlanta. Suffering a second injury to the same foot is certain to drop him in the draft and likely out of being a lottery selection. If the Brooklyn Nets miss the playoffs, it would become less likely that LeVert is a match for the Hawks unless another move is made. It remains early for excessive speculation on an individual player being the ideal fit for an NBA team, but LeVert may have been the most obvious target for a team that prefers upperclassmen who can shoot, pass, and defend. No matter his future NBA destination, here is hoping the perpetual overachiever has a successful recovery and is able to fully resume his basketball career as soon as possible.