Nik Stauskas earns early Canadian National Team experience

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan freshman Nik Stauskas was one of 27 Canadian internationals to participate in a five day training camp with the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team. The camp is part of a newly implemented approach by Canadian national team general manager Steve Nash to prepare Canada for the 2016 Olympics.

The roster of participants featured NBA players such as Tristan Thompson, Kris Joseph, Cory Joseph, and Robert Sacre as well as college standouts such as Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga), Kyle Wiltjer (Kentucky) and Myck Kabongo (Texas). Former Michigan wing Jevohn Shepherd, now playing in Holland, was also in attendance. Andrew Wiggins, the top prospect in the class of 2014, did not participate but former class of 2014 Indiana commitment Trey Lyles was present.

Reports were that Stauskas was one of the pleasant surprises of the event. Peter Yannopoulos, a former UMass coach and TSN radio host, passed along whispers that Stauskas and former Indiana commitment Trey Lyles impressed.

North Pole Hoops was another outlet to mention the Michigan freshman’s “strong showing” at Canadian camp.

For Stauskas, this is a golden opportunity to get involved in an up and coming Canadian National Team program and also gain experience for Michigan’s upcoming season. The 6-foot-6, 190 pound freshman will be called upon by Michigan coach John Beilein to replace much of the three point shooting threat lost by the graduation of Zack Novak and Stu Douglass.

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  • section13row15

    So excited about Stauskas these next 4 years. He is a gym rat!

    • Retiredat23

      He’s NBA good, we may not have him 4 years…

  • dark horse

    this should really help his development, and confidence – although I don’t think that was ever an issue with this kid. He seems like he is really going to hit the ground running as a freshman. He dominated his finals match up vs Nerlens Noel, put up 27 against Baylor in an exhibition, and impressed at this camp. Just seems like he belongs and will be able to play right away in my opinion. I am really optimistic about this kid

  • Kenny

    Among GRIII, Mitch and Nik, it is really hard to predict who would be the most productive freshman. Won’t be surprised if Nik ends up playing the most minutes.

  • troy


    would love to see this lineup. can’t wait for hoops season.

    • ajerome33

      Love this lineup too, but I think it is important for Jordan Morgan to be a regular starter. His experience and ability to guard in the post will be needed.

      • DingoBlue

        Agree. Mitch and J-Mo are maybe both around 250 pounds, but we know Morgan is 250 good pounds and this would be his third year guarding big ten centers. That said, there are plenty of minutes for Mitch if he wants them. I will be less worried this year about foul trouble in the frontcourt than for some time.

    • A2JD

      I’d like to see that line-up in spots but would rather see J-Mo starting and Nik coming off the bench backing up at the 1, 2 and 3. I think with his versatility, he’ll still get 15-20 minutes a game.