Updates from Tuesday, April 15
The Michigan basketball Twitter account confirms what most already expected: Nik Stauskas is going to the NBA:
Stauskas discussed his decision via mgoblue.com:
"For as long as I can remember I have had a goal of playing in the NBA, whether it was on my backyard court or winning the Big Ten title at Crisler Center," said Stauskas. "Following some heartfelt discussions with my family, Coach Beilein and the rest of the coaching staff, I am ready to pursue my goals and begin my NBA career.
What cannot be understated is how the University of Michigan has helped prepare me for this moment both on and off the court," continued Stauskas. "This great university took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity to achieve my college basketball dreams. I hope in some small way, I was able provide some lasting moments. As I move forward into this next stage of my life, it cannot be said enough how thankful I am to the Wolverine fans for embracing me. I will always be a Wolverine at heart."
Updates from Monday, April 14
While the jury is still out on what Nik Stauskas will decide to do, he has announced when the decision will be made via Twitter:
And for those who have been asking, I will be holding a press conference tomorrow at school where I will announce my decision.— Nik Stauskas (@NStauskas11) April 14, 2014
Dylan Burkhardt of UMHoops.com had more on when the press conference will be:
Michigan basketball press conference announced for 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.— Dylan Burkhardt (@umhoops) April 14, 2014
Michigan star Nik Stauskas made it clear a decision about whether or not to make the NBA jump following his breakout sophomore campaign has not been made.
Stauskas, who averaged over 17 points for the Wolverines while emerging as one of the nation's top sharpshooters, took to Twitter to declare any report concerning his future plans isn't accurate because he's still in the decision-making process:
Just wanted to reiterate that any reports about my future intenions are FALSE! I have NOT made ANY decisions on my future yet!— Nik Stauskas (@NStauskas11) April 10, 2014
Stauskas later spoke to Brendan F. Quinn of MLive.com about when he should have a decision:
"Let people know that I just heard from the NBA advisory committee (on Wednesday) and haven't jumped to any conclusions yet," Stauskas wrote. "I'm not in a rush to make this decision. I believe I will have my decision ready after this weekend."
He played a crucial role for a Michigan squad that reached the Big Ten tournament final and made it all the way to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament before falling to Kentucky.
Losing Stauskas, who led the team in scoring while playing nearly 36 minutes per contest, would obviously be a major setback for the Wolverines looking ahead to next season. Whether or not that's the route he's going to take apparently remains up in the air, though.
His comments come shortly after a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN stated a source close to the guard said he was going to enter the draft. It didn't note when an official announcement would be made beyond saying it would be "soon:"
Michigan sophomore Nik Stauskas is headed to the NBA, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com on Thursday.
The source said the 6-foot-6, 205-pound shooting guard intends to make a public announcement soon.
Brendan Quinn of MLive.com reported earlier in the week that Stauskas, along with teammates Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, had filed requests with the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee to get some information about their potential draft stock.
Quinn notes they will get a response within days and then have a couple weeks to make a final decision before the declaration deadline:
The deadline for the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee's response is April 14.
The NBA's early entry eligibility deadline is April 27, while the draft is scheduled for June 26 in New York.
The latest mock draft from NBADraft.net has Stauskas going 14th to the Phoenix Suns should he enter the draft. A key question for Stauskas is whether he believes he can improve that mid-Round 1 position by returning to school for another season.
What should Stauskas do?
Based purely on his terrific shooting ability there's a strong chance he could step right into a rotational role in the NBA. The other areas of his game, particularly his defense, aren't on the same level and likely limits the upside of his draft stock should he declare this year.
If he returns to Michigan and showcases improvement on that end of the floor along with continued development as a distributor, there's a good chance he could push inside the top 10 or maybe even the top five by this time next year.
Of course, there's always a possibility his stock could fall if he stays with the Wolverines for another season or two. So he's wise to take his time and get as many opinions as possible before making a final call.