Michigan freshman Caris LeVert leads 'The Victors' after WMU win, now entrenched in team's rotation
ANN ARBOR -- A week ago, Caris LeVert was sitting at the end of the bench, and it didn't look like he'd be moving anytime soon.
Fast forward to Tuesday, and the 6-foot-5 Michigan freshman stood in the Wolverine locker room leading the team's singing of "The Victors," which is belted out after every Michigan victory.
He's had quite a week.
"He's earned this, and the team's been in favor of it," Michigan coach John Beilein said of the decision to remove LeVert's redshirt. "It was exciting to see him get up there (and lead 'The Victors')."
After seeing spot duty against Bradley on Saturday, LeVert was actually the first player to come off the bench for the Wolverines during a 71-43 win over Western Michigan.
He played 13 productive minutes off the bench, and actually went in the books as sinking his first career shot -- a 3-pointer that came at the shot clock buzzer to put the Wolverines up 15 midway through the first half.
On top of that, he was productive on defense, grabbing a rebound and drawing a charge.
"Very rarely do you see a kid make his first college shot," Beilein said. "We were making fun of him (for a missed opportunity) against Bradley. He was stepping too slow, Trey (Burke) fed Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Tim dunked it.
"(But tonight), his steps were right, he hit his first shot. A 3, at the shot clock. That's a good sign."
Beilein reiterated earlier this week that the decision to play LeVert this season wasn't just something that was discussed between player and coach, it was something the entire team weighed in on.
At this point, LeVert seems comfortably within Michigan's top-eight rotation, something Beilein doesn't anticipate changing in the near future.
LeVert's just a freshman, and he's only played in two games, but at this point, it seems he's relatively well-respected and well-liked in the Michigan locker room.
"He's a great kid," Michigan junior forward Jordan Morgan said. "He's never been big-headed, always willing to listen to whatever anybody says.
"That's pushed him to where he is now."