John Groce and the Bobcats will add Caris LeVert next season.
Nov. 9, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Men’s Basketball announced the signing of Caris LeVert, a 6-5 shooting guard from Pickerington Central, for the 2012-13 season.
“We are very excited about the addition of Caris LeVert to the Ohio Basketball family as he will be a great fit at this university and with our program,” Head Coach John Groce said. “He is passionate about the game and has worked extremely hard to grow and improve at a very rapid rate over the last year. He has excelled both on and off the court and most importantly, desires to be a part of what we are building at Ohio University.”
The addition of LeVert is a great boost for OU, given the in-state recruit is currently ranked at No. 8 overall among Ohio prospects, according to ESPN.
A pure shooter and scorer with deep range and a quick release, LeVert uses his long frame to get shots off over defenders. He has proven to be a slashing scorer as well that can use the bounce to create shots. LeVert has the athleticism and the length to make up for his thin, yet wiry, frame.
“He has great feel for the game and a tremendous knack for scoring the basketball,” Groce added. “He also has good size for his position and the athleticism we look for at the wing position. He is extremely excited about being a Bobcat.”
LeVert joins current Bobcats Jon Smith, Nick Kellogg, Nick Goff, David McKinley and Stevie Taylor as local products that have decided to stick close to home. LeVert was a second team Ohio Capital Conference selection last season, with Taylor being named the league’s Player of the Year.
LeVert joins the likes of 1991 MAC Freshman of the Year Rush Floyd and four-year letterwinner Chad Gill as Pickerington products that chose to wear the Green & White. LeVert’s coach at Pickerington Central, Jerry Francis, has served as head coach at Prairie View A&M and an assistant at Oregon State, Nebraska, Houston, Ball State, Ohio State, Wyoming, Butler and Bowling Green.