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Caris LeVert to return to Michigan for his senior season

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Caris LeVert #23 of the Michigan Wolverines dribbles past Darryl Reynolds #14 of the Villanova Wildcats in the first half at the Barclays Center on November 25, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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Caris LeVert will be returning to Michigan for his senior season, the school announced on Tuesday.

“After considering my options, I am excited to announce I will return for my senior year,” LeVert said. “Coming back allows me to keep working towards my Michigan degree and take the next steps in my development as a player, teammate and a leader of our program.”

The 6-foot-6 LeVert was a preseason all-american entering the 2014-15 season, and for the first two months of the regular season, he played like it. He was averaging 14.9 points, 4.9 boards, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals, all team-highs, in January, when his season was cut short. LeVert broke his left foot, the second time in less than a year that he was dealing with a significant injury to that foot.
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Some believed that those injury issues would convince LeVert, who was projected by many to be a late first round pick, to bolt for the NBA. Instead, he’ll return for his senior season with a chance to prove just what he is capable of when healthy.

This news is enormous for the Wolverines as well. With Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin and Spike Albrecht back -- and, hopefully, healthy -- and the likes of Mark Donnal, Ricky Doyle and Kameron Chatman with a year of experience under their belt, John Beilein’s club looks like it will be a top 25 team come November.