Caris LeVert is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The young star played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines. For the 2012-13 team, he nearly redshirted but earned a key role off the bench as a freshman. This was as the team went on to reach the championship game in the 2013 NCAA Division I men
s basketball tournament.
Caris LeVert Biography
This American professional basketball player was born on August 25, 1994 which makes him 28 years old. Caris grew up in Columbus but moved to Pickerington, Ohio in second grade. According to research, he has a height of 6 ft 6 and a weight of 205 lb (93 kg).
Caris LeVert Family
The young talented player was born to Darryl Wayne and Kim LeVert. When his father was alive, he was a graphic designer. Although, the family had a tragic and sad moment when Darryl died on April 4, 2010. Kim, his mother, is a Columbus City Schools first-grade teacher. Since he lost his father at the age of 16, his mother was the one that raised him and his younger brother. His younger brother goes by the name Darryl Marcus.
Interestingly, he comes from a musical family as he
s the third cousin of Eddie LeVert, lead vocalist of the OJays. Moreover, he is also the cousin and brother of late singer-songwriters Gerald LeVert and Sean LeVert. According to research, the young star has no known relationship so he is considered currently single.
Caris LeVert Career
Weighing 162 pounds (73.5 kg), Caris arrived at Michigan. On the depth chart for the shooting guard/ small forward positions, he began the year as a freshman. As a result, he did not play in the first six games. However, Michigan head coach John Beilein decided that LeVert had value as a perimeter defender. Therefore, he decided to play him rather than redshirt him. Caris saw his first action on December 1 when Stauskas made his first career regular season start. When Tim Hardaway Jr. was unavailable, Caris made his first start on December 29 against Central Michigan.
As freshmen, Caris’
s classmates all made names for themselves. Caris and Stauskas trained together on the court and in the weight room during the Spring and Summer semesters (offseason) of 2013. Coupled with Columbus native and National Player of the Year Burke, he was a key contributor to Michigan basketball as a sophomore. Furthermore, Caris was named to the all-District V (OH, IN, IL, MI, MN, WI) team by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He joined Julius Randle, Aaron Harrison, and Marcus Lee on the All-Midwest Regional team, with teammate Stauskas. Due to a stress fracture in his foot, he underwent surgery on May 12.
As a result, he was expected to be sidelined for some weeks and return in time for the teams August trip to play in Europe. Indeed, Caris returned to action just before the team
s 4-game trip to Italy.
Caris was named a first team All-Big Ten preseason selection, prior to the 2014-15 season. NBCSports selected Caris to its Preseason All-American first team, and SB Nation, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Athlon Sports, Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, and CBSSports.com selected him to their second teams. Meanwhile, USA Today selected him to its third team. The ESPN listed Caris as number 13 in its preseason top 100 player ranking. Also, he was listed as a John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 candidate.
On November 24, he also was named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List. In early December, he was also included in the Naismith Award top 50 watch list. He reinjured the foot that he had had surgery on the prior May on January 17 and was lost for the season. Until early March, Caris was on crutches and until early April, he was on protective walking boots. Some felt his draft stock was impaired following his injury though he had been expected to be a 2015 NBA draft selection. However, Caris announced that he would return for his senior season on April 21.
Caris was named All-Big Ten preseason selection for the second straight year prior to the 2015-16 season. He became the fourth Wolverine to earn the award multiple times in their career. Also, he was announced one of five All-Big Ten preseason selections according to the Big Ten Network. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced him as one of three Big Ten selections to the 20-man Jerry West Award preseason watch list. The talented player was an Athlon Sports Preseason All-American 3rd team selection. In addition, ESPN ranked him 16 in preseason top 100 player rankings and NBC Sports ranked him 23.
Furthermore, he made the initial 50-man John R. Wooden Award watch list on November 17. Moreso, recognition on the 50-man Naismith College Player of the Year was earned by Caris on December 2. On December 21, Caris earned Co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors along with Malcolm Hill. Due to a lower left leg injury, Caris missed the January 2 game against Penn State and he was the team leader in points at the time. Along with Melo Trimble, Jarrod Uthoff, and Denzel Valentine, he was also included in the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List. Later on the eve of his sixth missed game, head coach Beilein clarified Cariss left leg injury was not linked to the two previous fractures.
Brooklyn Nets (2016-2021)
Caris authored an open letter to NBA general managers to assure them of his resiliency before the 2016 NBA draft. With the 20th overall pick in the 2016 draft by the Indiana Pacers, Caris was selected on June 23. Later, his rights were traded to the Brooklyn Nets on July 7. He signed his rookie scale contract with the Nets on July 14. The talented player missed the 2016 NBA Summer League as well as preseason and resumed practicing near the beginning of the regular season. On December 7, he made his professional debut against the Denver Nuggets. Despite all the games that he missed, he almost made the NBA All-Rookie team.
Indiana Pacers (2021-2022)
In a multi-player, four-team trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets, Caris was traded to the Indiana Pacers. After an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney, he was sidelined indefinitely. Caris underwent successful surgery to remove the mass on January 25, 2021 as it was confirmed to be renal cell carcinoma. On March 13, Caris returned to the court and made his debut for the Pacers.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2022-present)
Along with a 2022 second-round pick, Caris was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Ricky Rubio on February 6, 2022. Caris made his Cavaliers debut on February 9 putting up 11 points off the bench in a 105- 92 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Caris LeVert Net Worth
According to research, he has approximately a net worth of $52.5 million. Recently, he committed to the Cleveland Cavaliers and will earn a base salary of $16 million in 2022-23 and $17.5 million in the next season. Based on endorsement deals, he has a contract with the Jordan Brand and Nike subsidiary company.
Caris LeVert Social Media Presence
The young player is accessible on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Although, he is more active on Instagram than on Twitter and Facebook. He has 258k followers on Instagram and his Instagram handle is @carislevert. Meanwhile on Twitter, he has 54.9k followers and his account is @CarisLeVert. While he has 89k followers on Facebook and his account name is Caris LeVert.
In the sports world, injuries are part of the player`s life as seen with Caris LeVert. Although, he did not get weakened by his but turned his pain into joy and victory. In fact, he has succeeded in becoming an unstoppable player. Indeed, his mother must be the proudest mother because her sons are moving towards success in their fields.