Caris LeVert is trying to prove himself to be as a much of dangerous scoring guard as Nik Stauskas is for the Michigan Wolverines. If he can do that, the Wolverines might have as much success as they did a year ago when they made it to the NCAA National Championship game.
He isn’t one of the bigger names on a team like Glenn Robinson III, but LeVert is showing he can give the Wolverines some terrific production as he did on Thursday night in the team’s 85-61 victory over Long Beach State in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament.
LeVert scored 20 points while also contributing five rebounds and four assists. The Wolverines broke the Puerto Rico Tip-Off record for most team 3-pointers in a game. LeVert did his part in the threes with 4-of-7 shooting while also connecting on 8-of-13 shots from the floor. He contributed a solid 34 minutes.
LeVert needs to pick up the slack for the Wolverines, who were left without departed players like Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway. He has obviously picked up his game from a year ago when the most minutes he played was 32 against Mid-American Conference opponent Central Michigan. He averaged 10.8 minutes per game.
Michigan didn’t use LeVert in the first six games last year as he was being considered for a redshirt season, but he emerged as a capable player despite shooting only 28-of-89 from the floor for 31.5 percent. LeVert needs to to keep shooting the ball well for the Wolverines. If he does, he’ll keep being a starter and the Wolverines will keep winning.
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