Jan 18, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas (11) looks to shoot as Wisconsin Badgers guard Ben Brust (1) defends during the first half at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan swingman Nik Stauskas named Big 10 player of the week

The beginning of the 2013-2014 basketball season was a rough one for John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines, but in recent days, their momentum has shifted in a positive direction. The Wolverines have won 7 straight games, including a massive road upset over #3 Wisconsin over the weekend, and now, they have received an individual honor in conjunction with their success.

Michigan swingman Nik Stauskas has received Big 10 Player of the Week honors as a result of his big-time performances against Penn State and Wisconsin. Stauskas has been far and away the best player for the Wolverines this season, averaging 18.0 points per game on 49/44/80 shooting, but as you can see from the Tweet above, that production spiked this week.

While he isn’t the type of pro prospect that his counterpart, Glenn Robinson III, has been portrayed as, Stauskas presents a unique blend of offensive creativity and shot-making that makes him an incredibly entertaining player to watch. He is the best reason that the Wolverines are now 5-0 in Big 10 play, and the 6-foot-6 sophomore from Ontario, Canada is showing no signs of slowing down.

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