Nik Stauskas is Michigan's leading scorer at 18.0 points per game. (Nati Harnik / Associated Press)
Michigan’s Nik Stauskas is no stranger to the spotlight. After a stellar freshman season, he’s improved his game and has become the Big Ten’s leading scorer.
Stauskas got some recognition for his outstanding play, earning his first honor as Big Ten player of the week on Tuesday. Stauskas, a 6-foot-6 sophomore guard from Mississauga, Ontario, averaged 22 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists in wins last week over Penn State and at then-No. 3 Wisconsin.
It was U-M’s first win at the Kohl Center since 1999 and the highest-ranked team the Wolverines have upset on the road. The victory vaulted the Wolverines back into the rankings (No. 21) for the first time since Dec. 2.
Against the Badgers, Stauskas had 23 points and nailed a step-back 3-pointer with less than a minute left to push the lead to four, then added six free throws in the final 25 seconds to help seal the win. In the Penn State victory, he had 21 points, six rebounds and five assists — with no turnovers.
“I was just trying to be aggressive and get to the rim,” Stauskas said Saturday. “I was open for three and tried to be aggressive and shoot it.”