Will Nik Stauskas' breakout season at Michigan be his last?
An SI.com story on Stauskas contained an interesting quote from his father, Paul, that indicates that the sophomore guard firmly in the conference player-of-the-year discussion could be eyeing a jump to the NBA.
“He sees the brass ring, like three inches away from his nose,” Paul Stauskas told SI's Brian Hamilton. “He knows all he has to do is keep his nose to the grindstone for another couple of months, and there’s a really good possibility he might be able to go pro. He’s working really hard to achieve that.”
Stauskas has reason to capitalize, as he's having a fantastic year. He leads the Big Ten in scoring with 18 points per game, and he ranks in the top three in both 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage. He's led the way for a Michigan team that remains one of only two teams with a perfect record in Big Ten play.
From a team stand point, though, if you ever needed a reason as to why college basketball coaches need to constantly keep recruiting, look no further than Michigan.
The Wolverines were last season's national runners-up, falling to Louisville in the title game after a terrific Final Four run that showcased how much talent John Beilein had in Ann Arbor. But not even a full year later, much of that top talent could be gone or on the way out.
Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan's leading scorer's from last season, headed to the NBA, where they were both first-round draft picks last summer. And, in the wake of this Stauskas news, the Detroit Free Press made note that sophomore forward Mitch McGary (currently out indefinitely after back surgery) and sophomore guard Glenn Robinson figured to be moving on after their second year at Michigan.
Add Stauskas to that list, and a young team with high hopes could see its championship-winning window slammed shut, putting a lot of importance on this season.