Michigan Wolverines: Caris LeVert

WolverineNation roundtable 

April, 25, 2013
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Every Thursday, our writers sit down and take a look at three topics in Michigan athletics from the week. Today they consider breakout football players, basketball’s prospects next season and the ESPN 150.

1. Which Michigan football player do you think could have a breakout in 2013?

WolverineNation Mailbag 

April, 24, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan’s potentially early entrants have made their decisions -- Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. in the draft, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary out -- and now, the Wolverines roster for next season is starting to take shape.

Also, the most intriguing position battle on Michigan’s football team still has little definition entering the summer.

We address these issues in this week’s WolverineNation Mailbag. Send your questions for next week to @chanteljennings on Twitter or jenningsespn@gmail.com.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan started the week with the expected defections of its starting backcourt to the NBA. It’ll end it by likely remaining in the preseason top 10 for 2013-14 anyway.

More than Trey Burke or Tim Hardaway Jr., the returns of Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III were the pieces Michigan needed to come back to avoid a potential major slide next season. And now, they have them.

The return of the two close friends from Indiana gives Michigan depth and top-end talent at every position next season, as they will likely join freshman point guard Derrick Walton Jr., sophomore guard Nik Stauskas and either freshman winger Zak Irvin or sophomore wing Caris LeVert in the starting lineup.

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AP Photo/Morry GashMitch McGary now needs to prove he can post numbers for a whole season.
Those five -- seven, really, if you include the loser of the Irvin/LeVert battle and the return of three-year starter Jordan Morgan -- could end up as the most talented top seven in the country, non-Kentucky division.

Both guys coming back also signifies a piece of what Michigan coach John Beilein has often preached -- sometimes oddly: that he wants the Ann Arbor school to be a place guys want to stay instead of being a quick stop to the NBA. In reality, college -- and big-time programs -- will always be more of a pit stop than a destination to elite talent, but for McGary and Robinson to turn down being potential lottery selections for one more year at Michigan is significant for Beilein and his program.

It shows those two believe in the development prowess of big man coach Bacari Alexander and wing coach Jeff Meyer to turn them into stronger players. It also reinforces a template Burke set last season of returning and seeing your projected stock improve.

Robinson and McGary have areas in which they need to get better. Robinson needs to add muscle, a reliable outside shot and better defense. McGary still can get in better shape and show he can do what he did during the NCAA tournament for an entire season.

“They are smart kids, have grown a lot this year,” said Wayne Brumm, their former AAU coach with SYF Players. “I think they are really scratching the surface in terms of their game. I think they think that. I think the coaches here know that.

“It’s a real delicate balance between providing for your family and providing for yourself and being a teammate at the University of Michigan.”

The balance has been decided. Robinson and McGary are returning to Michigan. The Wolverines should be a top team again, and with the two of them, they will have a chance at another Final Four run.

Much like Burke a season ago, Thursday likely starts a clock where the decisions for these two players will be different a year from now.

WolverineNation Mailbag 

April, 10, 2013
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Michigan FreshmanAP Photo/Carlos OsorioMichigan's basketball fortunes next season depend heavily on the offseason decisions of Mitch McGary (left) and Glenn Robinson III (middle).
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan reached its first national championship game in two decades on Monday night and while losing to Louisville, one thing became fairly clear in the first hours of the Wolverines’ postseason.

There is a chance this was not a one-off thing at all.

Depending who leaves and who returns to Michigan’s roster, it could be in a similar position next season. But that is over a summer away. There’s still a football season -- and a spring game Saturday -- to go.

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WolverineNation Roundtable 

March, 7, 2013
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Every Thursday, our writers sit down to throw around some ideas about a few issues surrounding Michigan sports. This week, Tom, Mike and Chantel take a crack at some spring football storylines, some underrated basketball players and younger prospects who have the opportunity to blow up on the recruiting scene this summer.

1) Spring football is right around the corner, what storyline are you most interested to follow as the Wolverines get their 15 spring practices?


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WolverineNation Mailbag 

March, 6, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Welcome to March and with it, one of the greatest tournaments and spectacles in sport, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

While there aren’t questions -- yet -- in this week’s mailbag about Michigan’s NCAA future, we discuss basketball and a little bit of college football recruiting in this week’s edition.

Have questions for next week’s Mailbag? Send them to jenningsespn@espn.com or @chanteljennings on Twitter.

On to your questions.


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WolverineNation Mailbag 

February, 13, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- I recently discovered that Valentine’s Day is actually the anniversary of the day that St. Valentine was beheaded, which gives a bit of a morbid taste to the holiday of love, chocolate and Hallmark cards (depending on where you stand on the issue).

So for this week’s mailbag I’ll focus mostly on the love portion and the things you all love -- Michigan football, basketball and recruiting, though, let’s not kid around, Saturday afternoon might’ve felt like a beheading for basketball fans.

Next week Mike will take care of the mailbag so send him your questions (michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com, @MikeRothstein). But now, onto this week’s questions…


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WolverineNation Mailbag 

January, 30, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – What a week for Michigan sports. A top ranking for the basketball team and a big commitment for the football team. But I believe that good things come in threes, so let’s consider this mailbag the third good thing for Michigan sports this week.

Next week Mike will be handling it, so send your questions to michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com or @mikerothstein. Now on to this week’s questions.

1) Alex Koschik, via Twitter: How can Texas A&M have 32 commits when Michigan’s max is around 27?

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WolverineNation Mailbag 

January, 9, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Football season might have ended, but that doesn’t mean your questions have stopped.

In this week’s WolverineNation mailbag, we look back at the Michigan season that was, take a glance at the future and also discuss some basketball, where the Wolverines are the No. 2 team in the nation.

Have questions for the Mailbag? Email Chantel Jennings at jenningsespn@gmail.com or tweet at her @chanteljennings.

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WolverineNation roundtable 

December, 13, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Every Thursday, the WolverineNation staff puts its heads together to discuss a few of the big issues in Michigan sports. This week, the three take a look at an offensive lineman’s decision, a basketball surprise and the early enrollments on the horizon.

1) Taylor Lewan has a big decision to make, so let's hear it, does he stay or go pro? What are the circumstances for each? Chantel Jennings: He goes. The only way I see him not going is if he gets injured in the South Carolina game. The money is on the table and physically/mentally I think he’s ready. His athleticism and upside make him a no-brainer for most NFL teams. Plus, he’s already tatted up so you’ve got that out of the way.

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Andrew Weber/US PresswireTaylor Lewan not only is a surefire first-round pick, he could go in the top 10.
Michael Rothstein: Barring injury, tough to see him staying. My rule of thumb on this (save quarterbacks) is if you can be a first- or second-round pick, you probably should leave. Maybe Lewan will surprise and stay, but I think he has to leave. There is too much potential money on the table. The only other way I could see him staying is if Jadeveon Clowney absolutely crushes him in the Outback Bowl, but I don't know if that is going to happen, either.

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WolverineNation mailbag 

December, 12, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Could a former Michigan coach return? What will Michigan’s record be next football season? This basketball season?

These questions and more are answered in this week’s WolverineNation mailbag. Chantel has the mailbag next week, so drop her questions at jenningsespn@gmail.com or @chanteljennings on Twitter.

Now, to your questions:

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WolverineNation mailbag 

December, 5, 2012
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Denard Robinson, Jordan KovacsAP Photo/Tony DingOnly one of Michigan's co-captains could be team MVP. If you guessed Denard Robinson ...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan football is headed to the Outback Bowl and will ring in the New Year in Tampa. The Big Ten has become a basketball league (six teams in the top 20 doesn’t lie). And it still feels like springtime in December. I think I’m finally starting to believe the Mayans might’ve been on to something …

But it’s Wednesday, which means it’s mailbag day! Mike will be taking care of this next week so send your questions to @mikerothstein or michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com.

Carter, New York: How did Jordan Kovacs win the team MVP award over Denard Robinson?

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WolverineNation roundtable 

November, 1, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan has its first look at its basketball team on Thursday night while its football team continues to try and figure out a way to deal with depth issues as it fights to reach the Big Ten championship game.

Will the Wolverines get to Indianapolis? What will the Michigan hoops team show?

These questions are debated in this week’s WolverineNation roundtable, where our staff takes on three issues surrounding Michigan sports.

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2014 F Tate enjoys Michigan visit 

September, 11, 2012
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Jae’Sean Tate (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) returned to Michigan last weekend, a chance to see some old friends, catch a football game at Michigan Stadium for the first time and pick up even more information for the 2014 ESPN 60 forward’s recruitment.

And the unofficial visit left him just as torn between Michigan and Ohio State.


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Jae'Sean Tate (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) couldn't stop smiling. So much so, he said Michigan coach John Beilein asked him why.

The answer was simple. Michigan had just offered the No. 46 player in the 2014 ESPN Super 60 a scholarship.

"I came up here on my visit and had a really good time," Tate said. "Coach [John] Beilein had a meeting with me and my parents and coaches and Caris [LeVert] was there and he offered me a scholarship."

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