Pickerington Central senior Caris LeVert verbally committed to the University of Michigan on Friday, May 11, according to coach Jerry Francis.
Just a few days after helping the Tigers capture their first Division I state championship in March, LeVert was released from his letter of intent with Ohio University after coach John Groce left to take over at Illinois.
LeVert, who is considered a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout and a two-star prospect by ESPN, was the ThisWeek Super 12 captain last winter. At 6-4, LeVert will probably play guard in college and would be in line for court time alongside former Northland star Trey Burke, who will return for his sophomore season at point guard.
LeVert averaged about 20 points this winter and also had offers from Dayton, Michigan, Purdue and Xavier.
"He's going to go get acclimated to the Big Ten and hopefully he'll put himself in position to play right away," Francis said.
LeVert and sophomore Jae'Sean Tate led the Tigers to a 26-2 finish last season. Tate already has interest from Iowa, Michigan, West Virginia and Xavier, according to Francis.
What was impressive about LeVert this season was just how athletic and quick he is. It should be interesting to see if he can get some playing time right away with the Wolverines because he can really take it to the basket.
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