Q&A: 2012 Wing Nick Stauskas

I recently caught up with Nick Stauskas, a 2012 wing recruit out of Canada who has created some buzz the past week after it was apparent he was on Michigan’s radar and he said Michigan would be his favorite were they to offer.  We have video of him here:

Describe your game. I would describe myself as an all-around offensive player. I can really shoot the ball, but I use that to my advantage when people play me too close because I can get to the rim as well. And I got pretty good size–I’m almost 6-6–and when I get into the lane I like to look for my teammates as well. I feel like I need to work on my defensive game a lot and my speed and quickness.

Any offers? My only offer is from Oklahoma State.

Have you spoke to the coaching staff at Michigan? Yeah, I’ve spoken to coach Beilein.

What have you guys talked about? He said he was going to come see my play in July, but right now I’m hoping he might offer soon but he hasn’t really told me he will do it.

If Michigan were to offer you, where would that put them on your list? Right now, I think they’re one of my favorites. The way coach Beilein told me his system work, I really like them, so they’re probably my favorite.

Anything else planned for the summer? Playing AAU ball? Yeah, for Grassroots Canada.

Any team/elite camps? No, I don’t think so.

Any timeframe for commitment? I’m probably going to do it my last year of high school. Unless something changes and I can tell certain schools are the right fit for me, it will probably be in the last year.

What other schools have you heard from? I’ve heard from Michigan, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Pitt, Boston College, Florida State and Villanova.

Any plans on visiting Michigan? Me and coach Beilein have talked about it briefly and we’ll talk about it later and see if I can visit this summer.

And you just visited Villanova? Yes. We only got to stay there for maybe an hour, but the facilities there look really nice, the coaching staff, they’re all real good, definitely I would look into it a lot more but they did seem really good.

What do you like about Michigan? First of all, one of the first things coach Beilein told me was their TV schedule, which would get me a lot of exposure, I’d be playing on TV a lot. Their game style, the way I’d fit into their system and coach Beilein seems like a really good guy himself so it just seems like a really good place for me.

How did coach Beilein say you would fit into the system? He told me I would fit in mostly as a shooter, and that’s what they really need right now.

Anything you’re focusing on improving right now? I’ve been working on my ballhandling a lot lately. I do get labeled as just a shooter, and I like to think of myself as an all-around player type. I know I can get to the rim so lately I’ve just been working on my dribble attack moves.

Any player people have compared you to? A lot of people have told me I play like Mike Miller.

Is that accurate? I guess you can kind of say I play like Mike Miller. My coach thinks I play like Rudy Fernandez, but I don’t see it.

What ultimately goes into your decision? First of all, I’d like to be a little bit closer to home, it really doesn’t matter how far away because it’d be out of Canada, but Michigan would be pretty close to where I live, so that would help. Probably my relationship with the coach, how well I know them and the way they play, the way I would fit in. And also, school-wise, would they have the courses I want to take.

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