Since Caris LeVert stepped foot on campus and throughout last season, Michigan’s coaches have sung the praises of the sophomore’s defensive ability. Citing his long limbs and quick feet, John Beilein and his assistants felt as though they had a player who could guard any perimeter position.
As a rail-thin freshman last season, LeVert wasn’t bad defensively in his limited role, but he wasn’t that good, either. This year, with over 20 pounds of added muscle and a full year of experience under his belt, LeVert is expected to play a major role for the Wolverines. And defense where the coaches expect his presence to be felt the most.
When John Beilein was asked about who would take on the role of “defensive quarterback” for his team this season, he was effusive about LeVert’s ability to fill that position.
“Caris has really taken on that role,” Beilein said at Michigan’s Media Day on Thursday. “If you see Caris for a few minutes, you’ll see what he’s doing. Last year I think he played 6-t