Michigan guard Caris LeVert, left, goes to the basket while defended by Northwestern guard Dave Sobolewski (3 in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Michigan won 56-54. (AP Pho
Tony Ding
January 18, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan's basketball season took another disappointing turn Sunday when the team announced standout guard Caris LeVert will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

LeVert hurt his foot during Saturday night's victory over Northwestern. The Wolverines were already facing an uphill climb to make the NCAA tournament, and losing LeVert could be devastating. The school says he is scheduled to have surgery this week. There will be a 12-week recovery and rehabilitation period.

''While this is obviously not what I wanted, I know this team will come together and be stronger because of it,'' LeVert said in a statement. ''Now more than ever, it is important for all of us (to) support this team. For me, I am familiar with the recovery process and what work lies ahead for me. I am very confident that I will return 100 percent and have already begun work to ensure that happens.''

It's the same foot on which LeVert had surgery in May.

The 6-foot-6 LeVert leads Michigan in scoring (14.9 points per game) and rebounding (4.9). The Wolverines have been trying to recover from December losses to the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Eastern Michigan, and this injury will make that task even harder.

''Caris has been working so hard this season and for this to happen is very unfortunate,'' Michigan coach John Beilein said. ''If we know anything about Caris, he will do everything it takes to not only get better, but to help his teammates during this time. He is a tremendous young man who I will really miss coaching the remainder of the season. However, I am optimistic he will have a complete recovery.''

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