Stats & Info: Nik Stauskas

2014 NBA Draft recap

June, 27, 2014
Jun 27

Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsAndrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker went at the top of this year's draft.
The 2014 NBA Draft is in the books. Here are the stats you need to know about the top seven picks.

No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers – Andrew Wiggins
Wiggins became the 2nd Canadian-born player to be drafted No. 1 overall, joining Anthony Bennett last season. There are now three Canadian-born top-5 picks in the common draft era, and all are on the Cavaliers (Wiggins, Bennett, Tristan Thompson).

Wiggins also joins Danny Manning, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1988, as the only players in Kansas history picked first overall.

No. 2 Milwaukee Bucks – Jabari Parker
Parker became the sixth Duke player drafted in the top five since 1999.

He should be an immediate help for the Bucks in the post. Milwaukee averaged 5.9 post-up points per game, 27th in the league. Parker averaged 3.6 post-up points per game on 55.4% shooting.

No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers – Joel Embiid
Embiid gives the 76ers a good two-way post player. On offense he shot 55 percent on post-ups this season, best in the Big 12 (minimum 50 plays).

In the last 15 games he played with Kansas, Embiid held opponents to 29% shooting in the post.

No. 4 Orlando Magic - Aaron Gordon
Gordon is the fourth Arizona player drafted in the top five in the common draft era, joining Mike Bibby, Sean Elliott and Derrick Williams.

The Magic also pick up the youngest player in this draft class. Gordon does not turn 19 until September.

No. 5 Utah Jazz – Dante Exum
Exum joins Kyrie Irving and Andrew Bogut as the only Australian-born players picked in the top five in the common draft era.

The only other international point guard drafted in the top 10 was Ricky Rubio.

No. 6 Boston Celtics – Marcus Smart
Smart is the highest drafted Oklahoma State player since Bryant Reeves in 1995.

The last time the Celtics took a point guard this high in a draft was in 1997 when they drafted Chauncey Billups third overall.

No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers – Julius Randle
Last season the Lakers ranked last in both defensive and offensive rebounding percentage. Enter Randle, who led the nation with 24 double-doubles last season.

How prolific was Randle? The only freshman in Division I history to ever record more double-doubles in a season was Michael Beasley, who had 28 for Kansas State in 2007-08.

Michigan wins third straight vs. top-10 team

January, 25, 2014
Jan 25
The Michigan Wolverines continued their recent run, winning on the road against in-state rival No. 3 Michigan State.

With the win against the third-ranked team in the nation, Michigan became the first school to win three straight regular season games all against top-10 schools since Iowa in January 1987, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

That year, the Hawkeyes defeated No. 8 Illinois, No. 5 Purdue and No. 3 Indiana.

And keep in mind, prior to Jan. 18, Michigan hadn't won a road game at a top-five opponent since 1964, when it won at fifth-ranked Duke.

The Wolverines had lost 36 straight road games at top-five opponents since then. But in the last week, they have defeated a pair of top-five teams -- No. 3 Wisconsin last week and third-ranked Michigan State on Saturday.

Two areas helped key the Wolverines victory: second-chance points and slowing the Spartans in transition.

Michigan scored 15 second-chance points, the most allowed by Michigan State this season. Michigan came into the game averaging 9.8 second-chance points per game, third fewest in the Big Ten.

And after allowing 11 points in transition in the first half, Michigan held the Spartans to five transition points in the second half. Entering Saturday, Michigan had allowed 10.5 points in transition per game on the season.

Michigan has won nine straight overall after a 6-4 start, and is the lone remaining undefeated team in Big Ten play at 7-0.

Nik Stauskas and Derrick Walton Jr. led the way for Michigan with 19 points each. It was a notable outburst for Stauskas, who totaled just 10 points in his previous two career games against Michigan State.

Stauskas scored 12 of his 19 points off catch-and-shoot field goals Saturday, making four of five such shots. Coming into the game, Stauskas had made 49 percent of catch-and-shoot attempts, fourth in the Big Ten (minimum 20 attempts).

Michigan improved to 20-1 the past two seasons when Stauskas (who made 7 of 12 from the field) makes at least half of his field goal attempts.