Michigan Freshman Nik Stauskas Wins Big Ten Weekly Award

By Chris Katje
Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

Nik Stauskas, a freshman for the University of Michigan, won the Big Ten Freshman of the Week Award. Stauskas helped the Wolverines win the NIT Season Tip-Off Championship. The Wolverines moved up to number three in the AP Top 25 Poll with an impressive 5-0 record. Stauskas scored a career high 15 points against Pittsburgh in the semi-final and added 10 points against Kansas State in the Championship game.

During the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament, Stauskas averaged 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The freshman also shot 50% from the field, 43% for three points and a perfect 100% (8 for 8) in free throws.

Stauskas was part of a dominating freshman class for the University of Michigan. He joined Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III to give Michigan a top ten recruiting class. Stauskas was originally from Ontario, Canada. The Wolverine played for two different schools in Canada before moving to the United States. While a sophomore at Loyola Catholic Secondary, Stauskas received attention while averaging 32 points, 14 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. After verbally committing to Michigan, Stauskas posted a dominant senior season at St. Mark’s School in Massachusetts. In his senior season, Stauskas averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game. St. Mark’s won a championship after finishing the season with a 28-2 record.

On the 2012-2013 season, Stauskas is averaging 11.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. The Michigan freshman is shooting 59% from the field, 59% from three point range and 94.1% in free throw attempts.

While Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke get the national attention, Stauskas is an example of how deep the Michigan team is in 2012. A top five ranking looks like it could stick with the Wolverines all season long. The undefeated Wolverines take on North Carolina State, also ranked in the Top 25, in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Tuesday night.

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