Three-point shooting superstar, Nik Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2014 NBA Draft and he’s clearly continuing to show the same skills he displayed at Michigan where he finished as B1G Ten player of the year. Now, with Sacramento, Stauskas seems to be picking up where he left off. In practice on Thursday Stauskas drained 15 straight threes in under a minute.
Stauskas, 20, is originally from Mississauga, Ontario, and was heavily recruited by Michigan coach John Beliein because of Stauskas’ three-point shooting abilities where he was named one of the top-25 three point shooters in the class of 2012 prior to his senior year by ESPN. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard had an up and down freshman year at Michigan where he often struggled to drive the lane and make shots in late game situations.
After Michigan lost in the national championship to Louisville in 2013 where Stauskas scored just three points, he vowed to stay in Ann Arbor over the summer and train to be one of the best all around players in the NCAA. He did just that when he finished with 17.5 points per game and led Michigan to its first outright B1G 10 league championship since 1986 with a 15-3 conference record.
Stauskas and the Wolverines were a two-seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament in arguably the hardest region that had Witchita State at the one seed followed by Michigan, then Duke, then Louisville as well as an extremely talented Kentucky team at the eight seed that would beat Michigan in the elite eight and finish as national runner up.
Stauskas was a projected late-lottery pick, but was picked up by the Kings at the eight spot ahead of Naismith Award winner, Doug McDermott as well as Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris, James Young and Zach LaVine.
This video of Stauskas making 70 for 76 from the three point line including 46 in a row in five minutes in the rain might be more impressive, but nonetheless, NBA fans will be expecting Stauskas in the NBA 3-point contest in the near future.