I cannot remember an instance where I witnessed one player's game grow as much in one year as was the case for 2013-2014 Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas of Michigan.
Now, he may have had the skill set he displayed this season his freshman year considering he was playing with what turned out to be two of the NBA's top rookies this season in Utah's Trey Burke and New York's Tim Hardaway Jr.
Not to mention, two other players who were once projected as lottery selections in Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III. Hence, he did not have a chance to show everything he could do as a freshman.
However, I'm not so sure.
Otherwise, why would he have posted those videos of his amazing shooting displays on Youtube.
Yes, they were impressive, but when a player is as multifaceted as he's become, the last thing he would want to be typecast as is purely a shooter.
As a freshman Stauskas was one of the best spot up shooters in the nation, this past season he was simply one of the best players in the nation.
He could break people down off the dribble, move without the ball to get looks, was excellent in the pick and roll and even had some pretty jaw dropping moves at the rim to boot.
As the video illustrates he does have some limitations defensively, however, just his spot up shooting ability should keep him in the league for a long time.
Add to that, the rest of his offensive repertoire and he could become become a very solid NBA shooting guard in a couple of years.
Unfortunately, as much as I like Stauskas, especially if Avery leaves, I don't feel he's worthy of the six pick and it would be a miracle if he fell all the way to 17 for the C's.
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Clint Corey 6/11/2014 12:41:00 PM Tweet