The Sporting News teams are one of the four used by the NCAA in determining consensus basketball All-Americans (AP, NABC, and USBWA are the other three). Nik Stauskas was today named to SN's second team for 2013-14. No other Big Ten player was among the 15 selected to the first, second, and third teams.
Every player on this list, save for the freshmen, made incremental improvements from season to season in order to wind up as an All-American. More than anyone else, Stauskas redefined his game. As a freshman he primarily was a catch-and-shoot weapon for the Wolverines in their charge to the 2013 NCAA championship game. He became a ballhandler in his second season, attacking defenders with his newly unleashed ability to dribble the ball and penetrate the lane. His assists total nearly doubled (52 to 99) and his free throw attempts did, too (87 to 164). His 25-point, 5-assist performance against Michigan State on Feb. 23 helped send the Wolverines in the direction of a Big Ten regular-season title.