Prospect Profile: Nik Stauskas

In-depth look at the draft prospect out of Michigan
by Emily Wade
Nuggets.com

“For as long as I can remember I have had a goal of playing in the NBA, whether it was on my backyard court or winning the Big Ten title at Crisler Center,” said Stauskas.


Basics

Height Weight Wingspan Position College Hometown
6'6" 205 6'8" Guard Michigan Southborough, Massachusetts

Collegiate Career

Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2012-13 39 30.5 138 298 .463 74 87 .851 3.0 1.3 0.6 0.2 430 11.0
2013-14 36 35.6 185 394 .470 168 204 .824 2.9 3.3 0.6 0.3 630 17.5
Totals 75 32.9 323 692 .467 242 291 .832 2.9 2.3 0.6 0.3 1060 14.1

Three-point field goals: 2012-13, 80-for-182 (.440); 2013-14, 92-for-208 (.442). Totals: 172-for-390(.441).


Accolades

  • Named Big 10 Player of the Year as a sophomore.
  • Only unanimous selection for the All-Big Ten First Team.
  • Named to the NABC All-America First Team, Associated Press and Sporting News All-America Second Teams, and USA Today All-America Third Team.
  • Finished second all-time in Michigan history with an 83.16 career free throw percentage.

Strengths

Elite shooter with a quick release and great mechanics. Has unlimited range. Comfortable shooting off the dribble or on pull-ups. Solid ball-handler with a decent first step and the ability to make plays off the bounce. Will make the extra pass.


Quotes

"Stauskas has improved greatly since arriving at Michigan. He has been a knockdown perimeter shooter, but becoming a better all-around offensive player has put him in or near the lottery. "

Jeff Borzello, CBS Sports College Basketball

"Thanks to his ability to knock down shots, Stauskas is an elite offensive prospect. Among players in Chad's top 50, only Doug McDermott has a better projected true shooting percentage (.550) for next season based on translated college performance. And while Stauskas will probably be primarily a role player early in his NBA career, he's shown the ability to create his own shot, which makes him more than just a specialist.” "

Kevin Pelton, ESPN Insider NBA Analyst

"He's a proven lights-out shooter who can play well on pick-and-rolls. Elite ball-handler. Worst-case scenario he's a great shooter."

Scout, Yahoo! Sports


Projections

ESPN.com CBS Sports Yahoo! Sports HoopsHype
10 11 14 13

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