Standing in the corner of the grade school gym, Nik Stauskas surveyed a court filled with 130 campers who kept one eye on him and one on the drill in front of them.
Though positioned in the shadows off to the side, Stauskas was the center of attention Tuesday at Liberty School.

This is the former Michigan star now. He’s a member of the Sacramento Kings, living the NBA dream after being selected with the No. 8 pick in 2014 draft. Ann Arbor is no longer home, though he returned this week to hold the Nik Stauskas Youth Basketball Camp.

"Great to be back," the 20-year-old said.

Stauskas left his mark at Michigan and now those left behind are looking to fill the void. The obvious correlation steers the spotlight to sophomore guard Zak Irvin. The 6-foot-6 guard (same as Stauskas) is coming off a freshman season in which he established himself as one of the Big Ten’s best, most efficient 3-point shooters (same as Stauskas).

So Stauskas was asked about the expectations being thrust on his supposed heir apparent.

Up went the caution flag.

“It’s going to be unfair to him that people automatically are going to start comparing us and the (sophomore) jump,” Stauskas said. “I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I was first-team All-American and the Big Ten player of the year. You can’t all the sudden put those expectations on a guy.”

That won’t stop a lot of people.

“He’s a great player,” Stauskas continued. “I know he works really hard and I think he’s going to make huge improvements, but at the same time, it’s a different story once you hit Big Ten season and you play Michigan State and Ohio State and all they’re focused on is stopping you.”