According to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Wolverine Guard, Nik Stauskas has been named to the 2014 NABC All-American Team earlier this morning.
Stauskas has had a season to remember as far as Michigan basketball is concerned, leading his team to an outright Big Ten Championship. He was also apart of the team that went to Indianapolis and eventually got to the final game of the Big Ten Tournament, eventually losing to in-state rival, Michigan State.
Stauskas joins Trey Burke and Chris Webber as the most recent All-American Wolverines, Burke eventually was named 2013 NCAA National Player of the Year. He has taken his game to a whole new level since last year, and it has paid dividends for Michigan this season. He has transformed from a player who strictly shot 3 pointers, to a player that rebounds, looks for assists, and drives to the rim to make sure he will get points, one way or the other.
When Michigan lost Mitch McGary for pretty much the whole season, Stauskas was the player that stepped up and made sure his team stayed relevant, regardless of injuries. There was a thought that once McGary went down that Michigan would have a hard time keeping it’s head above water, but it has been just the opposite. Stauskas was a big part of that, and he has led the Wolverines to a 27-8 record, and back to the Sweet Sixteen for the second straight season.
Stauskas has averaged 17.4 points throughout the season, and has taken over the role as a leader for this team, and Michigan knows that he could continue their recent stretch of success with his play. His breakout performance is a great thing for recruiting, attendance, and the team itself.