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Caris LeVert injury: Michigan star out for season to rehab leg

Michigan's star guard won't return this year, and his college career is over.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan guard Caris LeVert is out for the rest of the season, the school announced on Tuesday. LeVert will focus on rehabbing what Michigan is terming a "lower left leg" injury suffered at the end of December.

This is LeVert's senior season, and this news effectively ends his Michigan career. Michigan announced it in a press release featuring LeVert and Wolverines head coach John Beilein.

"After some prayer and talking it over with my family, Coach Beilein and the medical staff, we all feel it is best for me to concentrate on getting fully healthy," LeVert said in the release. "There is still some discomfort that does not allow me to help this team the way I want."

Beilein had glowing words for the player who was supposed to have a massive season for him.

"Caris has been a pleasure to coach," Beilein said. "He is a wonderful young man with a brilliant future. I am confident he will have a very successful professional career because his talent, attitude, quickness and versatility make every team better."

DraftExpress currently projects LeVert as an early second-round pick in this summer's NBA Draft. His medical status, obviously, will have a significant effect on where he'll land professionally.

LeVert only played in 33 games in an injury-ridden final two years at Michigan, stalling what could've been a really special college career – and still was, in some ways.

LeVert was just a bit player on the Trey Burke-led Wolverines team that lost to Louisville in the national final three years ago, but he was a double-figurer scorer on the following year's Elite Eight team. This is a sad way for his college career to end, but LeVert made real contributions for good Michigan teams.

Along with fellow injured guard Spike Albrecht, Michigan will honor LeVert on its senior day, this Saturday against Iowa.