Michigan may redshirt freshman Caris LeVert, but decision isn't set in stone
ANN ARBOR -- If John Beilein has his way, Michigan's rotation will feature four freshmen this season -- not five.
The Michigan basketball coach said Thursday that he'd like to protect the redshirt year for freshman wing Caris LeVert as much as he can, but can't make any promises on the matter just yet.
"We have to consider that strongly," Beilein said. "We can't go back once we put him into a game, but I'd like to see our team a little bit more before making any definite decisions there."
The 6-foot-5, 170-pound LeVert was a late addition to Beilein's class during the spring period. A former Ohio pledge, LeVert came to Michigan after former Bobcats coach John Groce left for Illinois.
Beilein, and most of Michigan's roster, raved about LeVert's raw ability on the floor during the preseason -- but his obvious lack of girth at this point seems to make a redshirt year a logical step.
LeVert is also playing behind a logjam at the two-guard, small forward spot -- behind Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III, Matt Vogrich and Nik Stauskas.
He scored 3 points on 1 of 6 shooting in Michigan's two exhibition games.
"I do not expect him to play (Friday vs. Slippery Rock," Beilein said. "He'll dress, but if there's five minutes to go and we're either down or up by 20, he's not going into the game.
"(I'm going to preserve his redshirt) as long as I can, and really make an educated decision after some time and really give us some quality time to work with him. It can backfire on you, but most times you do that when you really think (someone) can be a special player with more time and more weight."