Michigan sophomore guard Nik Stauskas is getting national attention after being announced Thursday as one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith Award. When Trey Burke won the award last season, he shined consistently throughout the year. Stauskas has experienced some dips, some due to his hesitation to shoot. In the three games before Tuesday’s win at Ohio State, he totaled 15 shots. Against the Buckeyes it was a bit higher, taking nine shots to get his 15 points. But coach John Beilein knows when Stauskas shoots, the Wolverines are in good shape. “He can’t be afraid to miss,” Beilein said Thursday morning on WTKA-AM (1050). “He had turned down in some games shots — virtually the same shots that he had hit against Wisconsin, Michigan State where he’s open. I don’t say, ‘Listen, I want player B to take this shot.’ But Nik can make those shots. But he’s got to be more aggressive looking for ones instead of just waiting for something to just happen.” Stauskas has improved in many categories this season over his freshman year, shooting better from the field (48.7%) and from three-point range (44.7%). His assists have increased to 3.5 per game. But he also has been willing to be taken out of a game for long stretches by a defense. He went almost 15 minutes between field goals in the first half Tuesday. In the second half he took three shots, hitting two from long range. Beilein wants more.
Michigan's John Beilein asks Nik Stauskas to shoot more
Detroit Free Press | Feb 14