"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
not just a shooter
So Why Should You Know Him? First and foremost, because it’s great rooting for goofy-looking Canadians to do badass things on a basketball court. I loved him last year, but now that he’s turned into a star, it’s even better. Nik Motherf—in’ Stauskas is fun for everyone.
I have no idea if Stauskas can be as good as Klay Thompson in the NBA, but for now, the Klay comparison works well. Imagine if there were no Steph Curry in Golden State and it were on Klay to lead the offense. Substitute Trey Burke for Curry, and that’s sorta where Michigan is right now. They have an improved Caris LeVert, Glenn Robinson III … but it all starts with Stauskas, the Lithuanian Canadian wild card at the center of the offense.
Blue Guava posted this in the other Nik thread and also mentioned that the author missed the "not just a shooter" memo, but it's nice to see Nik getting the pub on the "journalistic" side of the WWL
NBADraft.net recently put together a write-up about Nik Stauskas's draft prospects:
The grade they gave isn't keyed to a projected pick slot, but having used that site in the past to follow the draft, it usually is equivalent to a second rounder. For what it's worth, their latest mock draft has him as the projected 33rd pick, but 49th best on their Big Board.
Although it is not the most positive/flattering line and many will disagree with it, they sure did troll the "not just a shooter" drinking game: "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"
I would love to see Stauskas beat these expectations!
[EDITED to fix projected pick and big board position]
Obviously not just a shooter reference included in the write-up:
These matchup nightmares aren’t necessarily an elite scorer, a potential NBA lottery pick or someone who fills up the stat sheet each night. They’re simply the toughest players in college basketball to get ready for. Certain stars are obvious: Kansas’ Joel Embiid, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Duke’s Jabari Parker come to mind.
But who are some under-the-radar matchup nightmares? Which lesser-known players affect a coach’s preparation more than almost any others? Let’s take a look at the top 10.
After reading about the 19th commenter who isn't sure what the Game... Blouses meme is all about, I'm making this thread trying to make it as easy as possible to find.
One sketch on the Dave Chappelle show was called "Dave's Epic Stories", one of which centered around Charlie Murphy's basketball game against Prince (yes, that Prince). Anyway, the whole sketch is below (with an annoying watermark) and is hilarious. In any event, watch the first clip, then look at the GIF of Stauskas. Plus "blouses" sounds like Stauskas"
(Just clip, embed disabled: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3KskO3_2YQ)
Whole Sketch: (fast forward to about 4:25 for the dunk)
Stauskas GIF courtesy of Ace: