Michigan basketball’s Caris LeVert has been selected by the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft. Indiana made the selection that will be traded to the Nets when the trade for Thaddeus Young is official.
The senior guard was taken with the 20th overall pick in Thursday’s draft. Foot injuries shortened his last two seasons in Ann Arbor, but he averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in 2015-16.
LeVert is the fifth first round selection for the Wolverines since 2013 and final piece of a starting lineup that included Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary to make the jump to the NBA.
Here is a snippet of our profile on LeVert from earlier this week:
When healthy, LeVert (6-foot-7, 190 pounds) was an All-Conference player for the Wolverines, but health was an issue the last few seasons. He has had three surgeries on the same foot and finished his last two years at Michigan in street clothes and a walking boot.
Despite all of this, he has a look of a player that could stick in the league due to his versatility and skill-set that he brings to the table. He has the ability to run the point or play on the wing. He does a lot of things well, but nothing particularly stands out as his signature attribute.
The three-point shot is as important as it has ever been in the NBA and LeVert certainly can knock them down. He has shot 40.1 percent from long range in his career.
LeVert has been a player that has always filled out a stat sheet, even when his shots are not falling. He is a very good rebounding guard due to his length and is a skilled passer, displaying good court vision and getting his teammates involved.
He possesses a wiry frame with room to still grow, but it remains to be seen if he will be able to bulk up enough to not get pushed around by some of the bigger guards in the league. He is athletic enough to overcome that to a certain extent.
This story is developing.