Caris LeVert is an American professional basketball shooting guard/small forward player associated with the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA. He was drafted by the Indiana Pacers as the 20th overall selection during the NFL draft of 2016. He completed his college career at the University of Michigan and his high school career at Pickerington Central High School, Ohio.
Brief Biography of Caris LeVert
Born Caris Coleman LeVert in Columbus, Ohio in the United States on August 25, 1994; Caris was born to Afro-American parents Darryl and his wife Kim LeVert. His mother works as a first-grade teacher while his father worked as a graphic designer before his sudden demise on April 4, 2010. He grew up in Northeast Columbus along with his younger brother Darryl LeVert. He is the third cousin of Eddie LeVert who is a famous American musician and the lead vocalist of the band group called The O’Jays.
Caris LeVert went to Pickerington Central High School where he began his basketball career; after his graduation, he enrolled at the University of Michigan where he played for the Wolverines from 2012 to 2016. The amazing basketball star joined the Brooklyn Nets after the NBA draft of 2016 and has been playing the role of a shooting guard for the team to date. Learn more interesting facts about him below.
5 Facts To Know About The NBA Star
1. He Began His Basketball Career at Pickerington Central High School
During his school days at Pickerington, LeVert was a great athlete as well as a basketball player. He played the shooting guard as well as small forward position for his school team. At the time, he was teammates with Jae’Sean Tate who currently plays for the Telenet Giants of the Belgian Pro Basketball League. In his senior year in 2012, LeVert helped Pickerington basketball team to win the Division I State Championship title while he was named Columbus Dispatch Magazine’s Metro Player of the Year. In addition, he also got All-Ohio Second-team honors from Associated Press. LeVert got a three-star rating from Scout.com and Rivals.com at the end of his high school career.
2. He Committed to Ohio Bobcats but Chose Michigan Wolverines For His College Career
At the end of his high school career, Caris LeVert was being scouted by many top universities but he committed to Coach John Groce of Ohio Bobcats basketball team. However, following the departure of Groce from the Bobcats, LeVert decided to choose the University of Michigan for his college career. Meanwhile, the Michigan Wolverines was one of the top recruiting University in the country at the time; they were the Big Ten Conference Champions in 2011/12.
LeVert played four seasons for the Wolverines from 2012 to 2016. He averaged 3.3 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists, and 8.2 points per game as a freshman. In his sophomore year, LeVert showed great improvement in his game; thus notching 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 12.9 points per game. He was named to the All-Midwest Regional Team alongside Marcus Lee and Julius Randle. As a junior, LeVert was named as a co-captain alongside Spike Albrecht; nevertheless, his junior year was cut short due to injuries. He finished the season with an average of 3.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 14.9 points per game.
Although he was listed as a possible second rounder for the 2015 NBA draft; Caris LeVert decided to complete his final year with the Wolverines before declaring for the NBA draft. He encountered an injury on his fifth metatarsal in his senior year but went on to report to the NBA combine drills on crutches. While he was recovering he reportedly got encouragement from NBA star Kevin Durant.
3. He was Drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 2016 but was Traded to the Brooklyn Nets
During the NBA draft of 2016, Caris LeVert wrote an open letter to the NBA assuring them of his resilience while recuperating from his injury. The amazing star was later selected by the Indiana Pacers as the 20th player to be selected in the first round of the draft. Subsequently, he was sent to the Brooklyn Nets while the Pacers got Thaddeus Young in exchange. Caris has completed his second professional season with the Nets. He averaged 3.3 rebounds as well as 8.2 points per game in the 2016/17 season and he made 3.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 12.1 points per game in the 2017/18 season.
4. His brother Darryl Also Played College Basketball for Connors State College
Caris LeVert has only one sibling Darryl LeVert who was named after their father. Caris is eleven months older than his brother Darryl. Just like Caris, Darryl also played college basketball with Connors State College Men’s basketball team. Interestingly, their father taught them everything they needed to know about basketball before his death. He was said to have died of heart attack in 2010.
5. He Came from a Lineage of Music Stars
While Caris LeVert has become a basketball star, it might interest you to know that he came from a lineage of stars. His uncle Eddie LeVert is a renowned American musician and the lead vocalist of the band group called the O’Jays. His children including Gerald LeVert and Sean LeVert are the lead vocalists for the group.