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NBA draft bio: Michigan’s Caris LeVert tries to shed injury-prone label

May 25, 2016

Caris LeVert

School: Michigan | Position: SG

Class: Sr. | Age: 21

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 191

Last season: 15 games, 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 50.6-percent field goals, 44.6-percent 3-pointers.

Strengths: Exceptional shooter, good ball handler, can play multiple perimeter positions, effective catch-and-shoot player.

Weaknesses: Injury history is a major concern, very thin for his frame, not a great creator, doesn’t seem to care for contact.

Notable: LeVert had both his junior and senior seasons cut short, after 18 and 15 games, respectively, by separate and different injuries to his left foot. He has had three surgeries on the foot, the most recent March 22 for a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal. Recovery after such a surgery is three to four months and LeVert did not participate in athletic drills at the draft combine.

Pistons appeal: LeVert is a knockdown 3-point shooter who shot 40.1 percent in four college seasons. He also would give a team the option to play smaller by shifting to small forward, though his most common NBA position will be as a shooting guard or a combination guard. The Pistons could get creative with their No. 49 pick, with anything from a long-term project to a draft-and-stash international player, so taking a flier on a proven shooter with injury-depleted stock is not out of the realm of possibility.

Must-read links:

The untold story of Michigan’s quiet Caris LeVert

ESPN January mock had LeVert in first round

LeVert ready to lead U-M basketball into the future

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