As Nik Stauskas’ game takes off so does his profile.

With another starring night in Wednesday’s 75-67 win over Iowa at Crisler Center, as Stauskas tied his career-high with 26 points and seemed to be able to pass and score whenever he wanted, the focus intensified on him.

Inevitably that leads to his future possibilities and that reached a spotlight this week when his father, Paul, told SI.com “there’s a really good possibility” that Stauskas might be able leave for the NBA after this season.

Nik Stauskas tried to deflect that after Wednesday’s game.

“I apologize for my father’s comments, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” he said. “I haven’t really thought anything about that yet and we’ll just address that after the season.”

MORGAN RISING: A month ago, Jordan Morgan’s role appeared to be minimal with this Michigan team.

Once star center Mitch McGary returned a few games into the season and with Jon Horford playing well, it didn’t look like Morgan would get many minutes and hadn’t shown much in games to deserve them.

Yet since McGary’s indefinite leave began in late December after back surgery, Morgan has played very well, with two eight-rebound games, a 15-point scoring game at Nebraska and filling the energy role missing without McGary.

On Wednesday, it was a 12-point, seven-rebound performance and he was rewarded with a season-high 32 minutes.

“This is the old Jordan that we all saw,” U-M coach John Beilein said. “Not only that but he’s sitting in our office during the day, he’s around our guys, he’s messaging our guys. The leadership right now, I didn’t foresee this coming. You’ve got Mitch and you’ve got Jon and all of the sudden he got his shot. He’s been so team-oriented all year long even when he was playing little minutes. All of the sudden, it’s right here in front of him. A great lesson for everybody, you never know how it’s going to turn out.”