23 - Caris LeVert

6-7, 190 Shooting Guard
Michigan Senior
08/25/94 (27.3 yrs)
Pickerington, OH
High School
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NBA Ready
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NBA Comparison: Jeremy Lamb

Strengths: Excellent scoring guard with good size and athleticism …Very good shooter.  Knocked down 45% of his 3’s last season, and has a very smooth stroke … At 6’7" with a 6’10" wingspan, LeVert has great size and length for a shooting guard … He uses it to disrupt the passing lanes and shooter over smaller defenders … Solid ballhandler.  Definitely has substantial shot-creating ability … Great court vision.  Excellent passer …  Averaged 5 APG last season …  Very instinctive offensive player, both as a scorer and a distributor … Smooth finisher at the rim, and can elevate above defenders when finishing … Great catch-and-shoot player with a solid stepback jumper … Thanks to his length and athleticism, he’s a solid rebounding guard … Great in transition thanks to his athleticism, finishing ability, and court vision … Takes smart shots, as evidenced by his 50% FG percentage … Good leader during his time at Michigan …

Weaknesses: Has had 3 surgeries on the same place in his foot in 22 months … Already has a reputation for being injury-prone …  Has dealt with foot/ankle problems throughout his career at UM … Skinny frame … Could get bullied by stronger shooting guards and may have trouble finishing inside … Will have to find his niche as more of a catch-and-shoot player … Inconsistent shooting off the dribble…

Overall: An extremely well-rounded shooting guard, LeVert was at one time a potential lottery selection due to his ability to score and distribute, as well as his athleticism, but due to his long injury history, including the foot injury that ended his 2015-2016 season, NBA teams will have shied away from taking him.  However, he’ll still get looks as early as the late first round, so he’s one of the more interesting cases in this draft.

Jacob Stallard 6/21/16

Strengths: LeVert has one of the most interesting and versatile skill sets among this year’s draft class … His length for the position is obvious, standing at 6’7 with long arms … Uses his length to make plays for others by reading the floor over his defender … Has an excellent first step and moves well laterally … All of these aspects could lead to being a top defender with some polish … At his best in transition where he’s extraordinarily efficient and has no problem setting up teammates or finishing himself, an excellent spot up shooter from beyond the arc shooting over 50% from both wings and corners … Difficult to guard due to his quick release and ability to put the ball on the floor … Very comfortable with the ball in his hands and has shown the ability to run the offense for spurts of time … Very even keeled, shows great poise and maturity … Showed incredible progression between his freshman and sophomore seasons and with more of the same could very well play 1-3 at the next level, exhibiting his great versatility …

Weaknesses: LeVert does have some glaring weaknesses and the one that sticks out immediately is lack of strength … He needs to put on weight so he can’t be bullied by bigger opponents and to improve his finishing at the rim … Because of this he tends to settle for midrange jumpers where he struggles mightily, shooting under 30% between the paint and 3 pt line last season … While he appears to show some playmaking ability he struggles in the half court to set up his teammates consistently … Despite his athletic tools he’s an inconsistent defender due to technique, a tendency to jump passing lanes and his aforementioned lack of strength …

Levert became an intriguing prospect after his breakout sophomore season … He has a variety of skills that will keep GM’s eyes on him … However, this will be a make or break season for him the same way it was for former teammate Glen Robinson III … Without Robinson and Nik Stauskas, LeVert will have to show he’s capable of being the man at Michigan while keeping them successful … The upside is there for him to be a lottery pick with another high level season …

Sam Gallenberger 12/8/14