It took seven games for Michigan freshman Nik Stauskas to get his first career start. His 22 points against Bradley were a big fat sign to coach John Beilein, reading "What took you so long?"
Classmates Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary got most of the hype, but Stauskas has been the most consistently productive Wolverine of all, with the possible exception of Trey Burke.
After Stauskas lit NC State for 20 points in his previous outing, Beilein said, "Everywhere we've ever seen him, if he's open he thinks the ball is going in, and he has as clean a stroke as you can have."
That stroke has been in clear evidence in the Canadian sniper's first eight games. He's scored in double figures his last seven times out, making a ludicrous 63 percent of his threes on the season.
His true shooting percentage stands at 78.3, second-highest in America.
With slashers like Burke, Robinson and Tim Hardaway Jr. on the roster, Michigan was going to need a floor-spreader to reach its potential.
Convincing wins over worthy foes like Pitt, Kansas State and NC State have shown that the young Wolverines could achieve a special season if current form holds.
Stauskas finally scored enough to convince Beilein that he could win with firepower on the floor instead of Matt Vogrich's experience at the tip. Now, the Mississauga missile launcher may never open a game on the bench at Crisler Arena again.