Stauskas named PR Tip-Off MVP

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on November 24th, 2013 at 11:37 PM

One positive of this is Nik Stauskas. He was named the most outstanding player of the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off and was one point shy of setting the tournament record.

What a difference a year makes. He really did make good on his promise. Hopefully some of the freshmen follow his lead. 

Comments

michiganman01

November 24th, 2013 at 11:42 PM ^

5 games in a row with 20+ points. I thought he was going to reach 30 this game at one point. The injury really slowed him down he became more or less a non factor. Seems like the injury wont be a big deal so thats good. 

JohnnyV123

November 25th, 2013 at 12:59 AM ^

I'm not a big fan of college basketball but its awesome when someone works really hard and sees it pay off like it has for Stauskas. Can't feel too bad about the team when McGary is just getting back into things and we have freshman all over the place.

Wolvie3758

November 25th, 2013 at 1:40 AM ^

Hes the only player playing well...Glen Rob III has been a big dissapointment so far, Levert keeps turning the ball over and throwing up bricks and Irvin is struggling...Jordan Morgan is good for 2 or 3 points a game when hes not missing bunnies or letting the ball slip through his hands...I know its early BUT in the 3 games againist quality teams theyve lost 2 and barely survived the 3rd...looks like a big step backwards from last year..

WolverineinSB

November 25th, 2013 at 2:02 AM ^

Did u honestly not expect a big step backwards early on? We lost the National POY and our most experienced scorer to the NBA in the first round. And we made the finals. It would be impossible to not take a relatively big step backwards. I still believe this team will improve all year and could make a run. This is a very talented team and we have a great coach. We will be fine. I can't understand why some people don't grasp how young this team is. We will improve.

SurfsUpBlue

November 25th, 2013 at 9:31 AM ^

Did you watch the season last year? We lost games we should have won. We were trampled at MSU. We didn't win the Big Ten championship or the Big Ten tournament. McGary was not a factor during most of the regular season and was primarily notable for missed free throws. We demanded that Trey stop playing Hero Ball. We said Beilien could never win or coach a team that does anything but throw 3s. Then everything came together at the NCAAs. It was magical.

McGary looks great after missing most practice with a back problem. Stauskis has become incredible. Our Freshman point guard and shooting guard look respectable for their first early season. The sky is not falling.

HarBooYa

November 25th, 2013 at 12:33 PM ^

Charlotte's combo of ultra quick guard at and competent super bigs was not great for us but we will beat that team later this year when walton is not overwhelmed, injuries subside and we get coached up a bit. Imo Better point guard play and general team Hunger will be required if we want to avoid finishing Inthe middle of the big ten pack though.

Mirasola

November 25th, 2013 at 10:50 AM ^

After losing Burke, how could you not expect a step back when you've got a freshman taking point?  The losses this year are tough, but I don't see them as terrible at this point because every setback early on is an opportunity for these guys to develop.  If we're losing games like this in Feb-Mar, then be concerned.

MLaw06

November 25th, 2013 at 10:23 AM ^

It's a long season; just stay healthy!!

I'm proud of the team.  I think they always manage to stay in the game even when the shots are not falling.  Hopefully these early losses will pay dividends when it counts during the tournament.

beevo

November 25th, 2013 at 10:35 AM ^

Every time I see Nik slash to the rim or just display his sustained aggressiveness I can't help but wonder:  Just imagine if we still had Trey to maximize Nik's performance.  Timing is everything.  If  2013/2014 Nik was available last year....we are defending National Champions. Now, Dakich is right......"Why can't GRIII display the same passion and confidence and attack the defense"?  We still have a long season....here is hoping the GRIII turns it on.

CLord

November 25th, 2013 at 10:51 AM ^

Yeah was gonna say, if Nick's MVP, then GR3's LVP...  Hope he heals up and starts playing far more aggressively.   He  should be a far better rebounder than he's shown (I might be full of poop as I wasn't able to watch the last two games).