...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
I hate to give the Free Press credit or link to them. In this case I have to do it. I heard Sam Webb mention it today.
This is a very good article about Stauskas and how he turned to Greg Harden this fall and goes into how much Harden has helped him. This makes me feel very good that Nik is going to take care of business Friday and for the whole run through the NCAA tournament.
Three updates today on the NBA Draft potential of some Michigan players. Nik Stauskas, please stop reading here as the rest of the post contains spoilers. It looks like most reputable sites have Nik Stauskas in the #15-20 range of the 1st round, Glenn Robinson III as an early 2nd round pick with potential of sneaking in the end of the 1st round, and Mitch McGary in the 2nd round.
ESPN's Chad Ford:
Stauskas 1st round pick at #15, GR III at #39 on his Big Board, McGary at #42.
Stauskas 1st round pick at #20, McGary at #37, GR III at #44 on their board.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman:
Stauskas 1st round in the #10-20 range, GR III in the 2nd round with potential for the end of the 1st round.
NBA folks I’ve talked to have the 6-foot-5 and change Canadian wing as a guy who will likely be taken somewhere in the 10-20 range. Stauskas has expanded his game and shown he can do more than just shoot the ball. He's athletic and has a tremendous feel for the game. John Beilein has three players who could all decide to leave -- Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary. If somehow all three returned, the Wolverines -- with freshman point guard Derrick Walton Jr. having a year under his belt -- could have a chance to challenge for the national title next season.
On GR III:
There are times when he looks terrific, and others when GR3 appears disinterested and invisible. He has good size for a wing and possesses tremendous athleticism, but he hasn’t lived up to the expectations this season. Robinson, according to multiple NBA executives, could still go in the latter part of the first round -- but he’s far from a lock to go in the first 30 picks. The Wolverines could well lose Stauskas and McGary, and that would almost force Robinson to be the go-to guy if he returns to Ann Arbor.
SI's Chris Mannix from 2/27:
Stauskas 1st round at #17
has anyone else picked up on the basketball team doing the sam cassell "i've got gigantic balls - here they are" hand motion after hitting shots? it's made me chuckle to say the least, especially when it's captured in main stream media photos..
Idle Friday thoughts: which team is better, last year's or this year's basketball team? Compare this team to how they were both at this time last year (ranked #1 for the week going into the Indiana game) and how they were playing at the end of the year, during the tournament run.
If they were playing each other, who would win?
I'm not sure how to embed, but here is a video with mostly the same clips from the front page video of Stauskas. I've just removed the play-by-play and added an appropriate song ("You Can't Stop Me" -Andy Mineo). If mods deem this unworthy because of the front page post that's fine, I just figured some here would like it and it takes 20 seconds to post. Go Blue!
Congratulations on the well-deserved awards to Nik Stauskas and Derrick Walton Jr.