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NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Nik Stauskas
by: Mike Schmitz
February 4, 2014
Nik Stauskas has emerged as one of the top scorers in college basketball, leading Michigan to a surprising 8-1 record in the Big Ten despite losing Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr and Mitch McGary from last season's national championship finalist team.
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Stauskas is the clear-cut leader of his team, averaging 17.8 points per game with tremendous efficiency (54% 2P%, 45% 3P%), thanks to his terrific perimeter shooting ability and much-improved ability to create offense and operate effectively off the dribble.

While his draft stock has undoubtedly increased substantially as the year has moved on, concerns still exist among scouts regarding his lack of upside defensively, due to his unappealing combination of poor length, average frame and mediocre lateral quickness.

Additionally, it remains to be seen the extent of which he will be able to create his own shot and finish around the basket against NBA caliber defenders, although he has made significant strides in dispelling those doubts this season.



Nevertheless, the premium that teams are placing on perimeter shooting in today's NBA has put Stauskas in an enviable position as a draft prospect, should he decide to capitalize on his increased stock this upcoming fall.

Matchups against the likes of Duke, Arizona, Michigan State, Florida State, Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin and others have given us ample opportunity to evaluate Stauskas' strengths and weaknesses as a prospect, which we've done in the following video scouting report, courtesy of Mike Schmitz.



All of our video scouting reports this season can be found here.
 


Feedback for this article may be sent to Mike.Schmitz2@gmail.com .

 

Nik Stauskas
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 207 lbs.
Birthday: 10/07/1993
20 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Mark
Previous Team: Michigan , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #8 in 2014 Draft
by the Kings
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
9.9 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


Trey Burke
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 187 lbs.
Birthday: 11/12/1992
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Northland
Previous Team: Michigan , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #9 in 2013 Draft
by the Jazz
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
9.0 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 4.0 Asts


Tim Hardaway
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 09/01/1966
48 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Carver
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #14 in 1989 Draft
by the Warriors
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
4.9 Pts, 1.5 Rebs, 2.4 Asts


Mitch McGary
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 263 lbs.
Birthday: 06/06/1992
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Brewster Academy
Previous Team: Michigan , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #21 in 2014 Draft
by the Thunder
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
14.8 Pts, 5.8 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


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