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Report: Nik Stauskas will enter 2014 NBA draft

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.

Will he?

Well…

Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

Michigan sophomore Nik Stauskas is headed to the NBA, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com on Thursday.

Stauskas:

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.

  1. elwaysagenius - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    What’s up with all these fake reports this year? Are reporters just guessing who they think will come out in hopes of being the first one to break the story?

  2. felser - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Sounds like a possibly good match with MCW for the Sixers with the Hornets pick.

    • sumkat - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Depends on who they get with the first pick.

      I think if they can get Parker or Wiggins, they will either be shooting for Harris, or Vonleh (sixers would have less of a problem with Harris being relatively small since MCW is relatively big). If they fall back to 4 or 5, it’s an entire different ball game

      I would really like to see one of those guys with Vonleh (assuming Gordon is gone), but I’m hesitant since the Sixers have had such a problem getting a good 2 guard since AI left.

  3. lj312chicago - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    From Mississauga, Ontario!!!!

  4. tampajoey - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Go Blue

  5. therealhtj - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Jimmer Jr.

    • bougin89 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      No way. Stauskas can do more than just shoot plus he is tall enough to play shooting guard. Jimmer is a great shooter but basically nothing else in the body of a point guard that can’t defend.

  6. campcouch - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Nik Stauskus has hops!

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