ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Caris LeVert brings a multiple skill set to the table.
And he put them on full display Monday night, as No. 7 Michigan defeated Wayne State 79-60 in their second and final exhibition game at Crisler Center.
What kind of skills does the lengthy Levert possess?
He can shoot from the outside or take you off the dribble, and his length makes him an outstanding defender on the wing. He will play point guard this season, which he played in both exhibition wins this season. But not many 6-foot-6, 185-pound, players can go from playing small forward to point guard – and LeVert can.
“(I’m) a lot more confident,” LeVert said on his game this season. “I’m more confident with the offense. More comfortable, just know where I have to be at. Knowing attacking spots, so it’s just a lot better.”
He credits his improved play due to his avid film watching and working with assistant coach LeVall Jordan. That work effort has Michigan coach John Beilein trying to get him as much minutes as the rising sophomore can handle.
“I want to get him the game as much as we can. Get him in early,” Beilein said.
That was evident Monday night, with Levert scoring 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 28 minutes played.
“He is learning more and more when he changes speeds,” Beilein said. “He gets shot out of a cannon a couple of times. And that’s really big for us. Just love coaching the kid. He’s going to play a lot of minutes. Our concern will be, making sure it’s enough minutes that he can handle. It’s a little bit different than last year.”