Stauskas Named 2nd Team All-American by Sporting News

Submitted by Raoul on March 10th, 2014 at 1:37 PM

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.

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Spunky

March 10th, 2014 at 1:46 PM ^

First Team
Nick Johnson, Arizona
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Jabari Parker, Duke
Russ Smith, Louisville
 
Second Team
Shabazz Napier, UConn
Marcus Paige, North Carolina
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
T.J. Warren, N.C. State
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
 
Third Team
Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Aaron Gordon, Arizona
DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
Fred VanVleet, Wichita State
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
 

alum96

March 10th, 2014 at 4:51 PM ^

Jabari Parker'sofficial reasoning for not going to MSU is because he didnt want to cut into Branden Dawson's playing time.  That is good because it is hard to fit two first team all American's at the same position on the same team....

 

...wait...

 

what?

 

oh.

BlueCube

March 10th, 2014 at 1:58 PM ^

read this thread but they already tweeted the news to him. Damn internet.

It's good for recruiting and the next player will need to step up if he goes.

 

 

Congrats to Nik. It's well deserved although he does deserve first team.

 

bluebyyou

March 10th, 2014 at 2:00 PM ^

Congrats to him, but I suspect Stauskas will be gone.  I'd love to see him come back, but its hard to turn down the kind of money he is going to make. 

Incredible to think how far this program has come in a short time. 

mgobaran

March 10th, 2014 at 2:04 PM ^

God I hate slideshow articles. Just list the damn teams fergodsakes. Then hyperlink the names to the slide show page. Frick on a stick!

Thanks for the link OP. 

scottva1

March 10th, 2014 at 2:22 PM ^

For some reason i think they are all coming back next year to finish out together with mitch. Honestly they should all stay and mature and improve

LSAClassOf2000

March 10th, 2014 at 2:42 PM ^

I would tend to agree with others here in saying that essentially revolutionizing your own game and become a different sort of player than you were last season - and doing that with excellent results - seems to me to be first team worthy. However, he is still sitting in some rather select company in the sport on that list, and that certainly is not a bad list to be on. 

Yo_Blue

March 10th, 2014 at 4:21 PM ^

So far, Bleacher Reports and Sporting News have Nik as 2nd Team while NBC Sports has him on the 3rd Team. 

Obviously, NBC doesn't watch the B1G.