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Nik Stauskas

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 207
  • Birthdate: 10/07/1993
  • College: Michigan
Round 1: Pick 8
Drafted By: Sacramento Kings 
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Big-time shooter with range
  • Intelligent
  • Good free-throw shooter
  • Can play point guard
  • Good passer
  • Can handle and get to the rim

 

Weaknesses

  • Has to get bigger and stronger
  • Is he quick enough to guard his position?

 

NBA projection: Some analysts project Stauskas going late in the lottery.

 

2013-14 Season

Stauskas was a consensus All-American and the Big Ten Player of the year as he helped the Wolverines reach the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight.

 

Key statistics: 17.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 tpg, 35.6 mpg, .470 FG, .442 3PT, .824 FT

 

Cool statistic: In 2013-14 Stauskas pulled off the rare feat of leading his team in scoring and assists.

 

Reminds me of: J.J. Redick

 

What Insiders Say

Michigan coach John Beilein

“He has the ball a lot more than he’s had before because of the fact we had Tim Hardaway and Trey Burke last year. So the ball was going to be in their hands. Now -- but we do know he could pass a little bit. What he’s worked at is seeing the whole floor. I think there was one time last year on a ball screen early in the year he had thrown the ball -- he had shot it or thrown the ball to the roll man like 95 percent of the time. He wasn’t seeing the corners, so people keyed on that. Now the game has slowed down and he has a great ability to see the floor and he’s unselfish.”

 

What Outsiders Say

Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey

“He’s obviously somebody that everybody marks when they’re getting ready to play Michigan, yet he’s able to get shots out of the offense, get shots on his own. He’s really doing a lot off the dribble. His length helps him there. And he’s got great range obviously. He’s tremendous.”

 

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The Big 10's Player of the Year, Stauskas was a second-team Associated Press and Sporting News All-America, and made the all-America first team of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He is among the latest in the vanguard of Canadian players who have come to the States and made a major impact. Andrew Wiggins got more hype coming into this season, but Stauskas emerged as the leader of a Wolverines team trying to get back to the national championship game before falling to Kentucky in the Elite Eight.

 

But that was hardly Stauskas's fault. He made 44.2 percent of his 3-point attempts this season, playing on the ball as the de facto replacement for Trey Burke. Burke left school early for the Draft last year and is now the Utah Jazz's starting point guard. More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch