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NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Nik Stauskas

NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Nik Stauskas
Feb 04, 2014, 10:47 am
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.

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