Apr 10, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT
Nik Stauskas is good enough to get drafted in the first round and get a guaranteed contract. Unless he loves playing at Michigan so much he wants to sacrifice millions of dollars, he should enter the draft.
Michigan sophomore Nik Stauskas is headed to the NBA, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com on Thursday.
The NCAA’s player-restricting, coach-enabling policies regarding the draft make it smart for players to deny declaring until they’re certain – or at least until April 27.
However, if Stauskas turns pro – and I suspect he will – he’s a quality prospect whose draft range starts in the mid-lottery.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard made 44 percent of his 3-points both as a freshman and a sophomore. But the difference in his game those years was significant. Last offseason, Stauskas bulked up and improved his athleticism, giving himself a legitimate NBA frame. This season, he also expanded his all-around game, showing passing and ball-handling skills that make him a real pick-and-roll threat.
At the next level, 3-point shooting will remain Stauskas’ primary skill, but the college ranks have many good outside shooters. Stauskas has complementary skills to distance himself from that field and get on an NBA court. Then, he’ll bomb away from beyond the arc.
If he declares for the draft.
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