11 - Nik Stauskas

6-6, 207 Shooting Guard
Michigan Sophomore
10/07/93 (26.3 yrs)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
High School
St. Mark's School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Jason Kapono

Strengths: Pure shooter with a picture perfect stroke and excellent range (44% career 3 point shooter) … Gets his feet set quickly and gets solid elevation on his jumper. Long arms also help him to get his shot off … Crafty, cerebral player who maximizes his athletic ability. Good at making adjustments during plays … Fiery competitor. Appears to lack a conscience and does not shy away from the limelight … Very smooth offensive game. Shows the ability to spot up for shots, as well as get shots off the dribble and has shown a solid ability to hit shots without much daylight … Improved considerably from FR to SO season. To his credit has worked hard to expand his game beyond just shooting, becoming a solid pick and role facilitator, even running the point during stretches in his sophomore year … Surprising leaper off of two feet and if he gets an open lane to the basket, uses his excellent length for some exciting two handed finishes at the rim … Ball handling is good for 2 guard … Has embraced the role of go to scorer and become the #1 option for Michigan this season … Solid a/to ratio shows good decision making and ball protection … Could fill the role of a 3 point shooting specialist, a la Steve Kerr, if his shot remains as effective from NBA 3 …

Weaknesses: Although he’s viewed as more than just a shooter, his lack of overall speed could relegate him into being a one dimensional (spot up threat) pro … Not the most fluid of athletes. Lack of foot speed and overall quickness will make running defenders off screens to get open more challenging. This also affects his on ball ability to get by athletic defenders, and create shot opportunities … While his level of foot speed makes him very effective against college athletes, there is concern that he may struggle to find the same success against bigger, stronger, quicker athletes. Has been less effective when matching up against top shelf opposing guards. Lacks physicality. Gets pushed under the basket on drives easily. Has had a few games where he has been completely shut down (0-2 fg, 4 pts vs Duke) … Struggles on the defensive end against stronger and quicker opponents … Lack of foot speed hurts defensively … A good leaper off of 2 feet, but lacks a high level of overall run/jump athleticism and lateral speed … Body appears to be filled out, so how much stronger his legs and overall body can get are questionable …

Notes: The Canadian invasion continues … Big sophomore season has garnered a lot of hype as a potential first rounder in 2014 … Appears to be the frontrunner for Big 10 Player of the Year honors … Somewhat nutty/unpredictable. Decided it was a good idea to throw his shoe into the Cameron Crazy crowd after it came off during game … Knocked down 6-of-6 three pointers (22 pts) in Michigan’s 79-59 Elite Eight win over Florida as a freshman in 2012-13 …

Aran Smith 2/11/14

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