Michigan Basketball: Revisiting Caris LeVert's High School Scouting Report

Daniel Stack@@stacdemonContributor IISeptember 28, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 14:  Caris LeVert #23 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates in the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the Quarterfinals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 14, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Heading into the 2014-15 season, junior wing Caris LeVert is the unquestioned leader of the Michigan basketball program, as he is the team's leading returning scorer (12.9) and rebounder (4.3). However, the road LeVert took to become the the Wolverines' go-to player hasn't been a predictable one.

LeVert has gone from an ordinary 3-star recruit into perhaps All-American material and an NBA draft hopeful.

So, let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit LeVert's high school scouting report.

When LeVert was heading into his senior year at Pickerington High School Central (Pickerington, Ohio) in 2012, not a lot of major programs were after him.

According to 247sports, Dayton and Ohio University (who he originally signed with) were the only other schools to offer him a spot. The site also listed him as a 3-star recruit.

Michigan head coach John Beilein would swoop in late after he decommitted from Ohio in the spring of 2012, and as they say, the rest is history.

When he came on board at Michigan, LeVert was initially buried on the depth chart, as he was behind Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III in the wing guard/forward pecking order of things. However, with each departure, he has moved up the ladder. And with all of those guys gone, LeVert has now become the “man” for the Wolverines.

Back when he was in high school, a lot of people labeled him as raw with above-average athleticism and a guy who could shoot well. Plus, one who in time could grow into a very good player.

Oddly enough, it was a Big Ten coach in Illinois' John Groce who first saw the potential in him, as he was the coach of Ohio University at the time LeVert committed there. As you know, Groce left Ohio for Illinois in 2012, and now he and the Fighting Illini have to go up against LeVert every year.

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LeVert had a great final year at Pickerington, leading his team to the state title and blowing up in the process. Prior to his senior year in high school, LeVert had talent but was considered raw, and that could be a reason why mostly only mid-majors were after him initially.

Then the perfect storm happened for him, as he had a fantastic senior year while the coach (Groce) he signed up for at Ohio left to go to Illinois, leaving LeVert free to go to a big-time school.

At the time of his release from Ohio, Scout.com's Brian Snow said this about LeVert: "With LeVert getting out of his letter of intent and entering the open market, look for a player with his skill level and ability to score to get high-major interest."

Safe to say, the Wolverines got themselves a steal in LeVert and are happy the way things played out. LeVert is now set to contend for all-Big Ten honors while raising his NBA draft stock in the process.

For Michigan to do well this year, it will need a big season from LeVert, as the team lost big-time stars in Stauskas and Robinson III, Mitch McGary and others to the NBA.

It was a long, twisting road to get where he is, but the time is now for LeVert to shine.

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