ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Caris LeVert plays many roles for the Michigan basketball team.
On Tuesday, he played the role of leading scorer, as he tied his season-high with 24-points in Michigan’s 79-69 loss at Duke.
LeVert, who averages 15.1 points, said he knew he had to be more aggressive offensively in the second-half after the struggles of Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas against the Blue Devils defense.
“I was pretty comfortable,” LeVert said on being the No. 1 option. “They did a good job of denying Glenn and Nik. So we knew at halftime we had to step up a little bit and really be the main person in offense.
“I think it’s an instinct really. I think coach (John) Beilein gives us all the confidence to go out there and play our games.”
Playing Point Guard
At times this season, LeVert has played point guard for the Wolverines. He says he’s “comfortable” playing point in situations, as well as other roles in Michigan’s offense.
“I am pretty comfortable playing point guard,” LeVert said. “I know a lot of the spots in coach Beilein’s offense. I’m really comfortable running them. So I am pretty comfortable in handling the ball and things like that.”
“He understands,” Beilein said. “He’s a year ahead of Derrick (Walton)as far knowing the schemes we are running. And so it’s great to have that option. Then you either put Derrick off the ball or you could end up putting Nik at an off guard. You have a lot things, we’re just melting them together.”