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Nik Stauskas, at one point considered a dark horse Big 10 Player of the Year contender, has seen his numbers drop drastically from the beginning of the season until now.
At 11.8 PPG, it may seem excessive to ask for any more from the talented freshman out of Ontario. This speaks more to his relative capability and less to his overall production.
We’ve seen Stauskas be the difference maker for the team. His ability to shoot the basketball with incredible accuracy is what made Michigan’s offense so dangerous to start the season.
However, as Stauskas has drawn more defensive pressure, his shooting percentages have dropped across the board.
Consequently, defenses do not feel the need to track him out to the perimeter as often, and teams are able to clog the lane and force jump shots from Burke and Hardaway Jr.
Stauskas’ numbers will tell you that he is still a contributing member to the offense, and he certainly is.
That being said, the greatest contribution he can make to the team is to demand defensive attention away from the lane and bury big shots when his number is called.