Nik Stauskas was chosen 8th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. The Canadian standout is coming out of the University of Michigan and is 1 of the 4 internationals in the top 8 draft picks.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. He Was the No. 8 Overall Pick By the Sacramento Kings
Michigan’s best player was chosen 8th overall by the Sacramento Kings. Some critics are saying he was picked too early although he is ranked as the top shooter in the draft class.
Kings: Nik Stauskas: D+: Better talent here. Stauskas is slow to move and could struggle with the ball. Could have find another shooter..
— Matt Moore CBS (@MattMooreCBS) June 27, 2014
2. He Was Voted Big Ten Player of the Year
Stauskas was the 2014 Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year along with NCAA All American second team selection.
He was voted first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media unanimously to mark the fifth time a Michigan player was named B1G player of the year for the second year in a row.
3. He Has Dual-Citizenship
Stauskas has dual-citizenship in Canada and Lithuania, but has represented Canada in basketball as a youth.
4. He Is Considered the Top Shooter in the Draft
Without my ball-handling and my play in pick-and-rolls and things like that, I can immediately be a guy who can stretch the floor and make shots. That’s something I’ve always been able to do.”
5. His Girlfriend is a Freshman at Toledo
Taylor Anderson is going to be a sophomore at the University of Toledo and is constantly instagramming photos of her and her hubby. The blonde bombshell can always be found on the sidelines of every Michigan game cheering for Stauskas and was immediately a sensation thanks to her good looks.
She just might be the next Katherine Webb.
— Taylor Anderson (@tayanderson11) June 15, 2014