Nik Stauskas named NABC First Team All-American

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan 79, Texas 65-21Nik Stauskas was named to the NABC First Team All-American team this morning. (Photo: Dustin Johnston) Full press release below:

University of Michigan men’s basketball sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Marks [Mass.]) was named today (Wednesday, March 26) to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America first team.

Stauskas was joined on the first team by Arizona’s Nick Johnson, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier and Duke’s Jabari Parker. The honors is Stauskas’ third All-America selection after Sporting News named him to its second team and USA Today put him on its third team.

Stauskas has helped the Wolverines a 27-8 overall record and their first outright Big Ten title in 28 years with a 15-3 record, winning the league by three games. The Wolverines earned their first No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Tournament and reached the championship game first the first time in 16 years. U-M was given the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest region and advanced to its second straight Sweet Sixteen with wins over No. 15 Wofford (57-40) and No. 7 Texas (79-65).

Stauskas, who was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year and was the only unanimous All-Big Ten first team selection, leads the Maize and Blue with 17.4 points and 3.3 assists while pulling down 3.1 rebounds per game. He has scored in double figures in 30 of his 34 games, with 13 20-plus point games, including a career-best 26 twice. He became just the eighth U-M sophomore to reach 1,000 career points. He needs just eight more points to become the 21st Wolverine to score 600-plus points in a season.

Michigan will play No. 11 seed Tennessee in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen on Friday (March 28) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:15 p.m., and it will be broadcast by CBS. Limited tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

National Association of Basketball Coaches
2014 Division I All-America Teams

First Team
Nick Johnson, Arizona
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Jabari Parker, Duke
Nik Stauskas, Michigan

Second Team
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Russ Smith, Louisville
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

Third Team
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Fred VanVleet, Wichita State
T.J. Warren, North Carolina State
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida

Nik Stauskas’ 2013-14 Postseason Honors
• NABC All-America, first team
• Sporting News All-America, second team
• USA Today All-America, third team
• Big Ten Player of the Year
» Big Ten Coaches
» Big Ten Media
• All-Big Ten, first team
» Big Ten Coaches (only unanimous selection)
» Big Ten Media (only unanimous selection)
• USBWA District V Player of the Year
• USBWA All-District V Team
• NABC All-District, first team

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  • ShamrockCat

    You missed Sports Illustrated All-America 2nd Team

  • Mattski

    First round lock. Is Gary Harris making any of these lists?

    • mikey_mac

      I get what you’re pointing out, but Harris plays NBA-level defense, something these awards votes tend to ignore but scouts don’t.

  • Dr_ZC

    As much as I hate to say this, Nik is gone. The only thing (I thought) would entice him to come back next year, if he is dubbed as a preseason Wooden, All American, All big ten, etc. He is getting recognition right now, which is great. Like Mattski said, First round lock and I would go as far as make him a lottery pick, if he manages to carry us all the way to final 4. All the best to you Nik, we are proud of you, and we are happy you honored UM Basketball. We will miss you.

  • gtfomycourt

    When Stauskas was in high school someone commented on umhoops that “stauskas has all-american written all over him”. At the time I though that was an exaggeration. Glad to be wrong! By the way, does anyone remember who predicted that Stauskas would be a future all American? Also, kind of funny how Stauskas was snubbed last year for big ten honors, right?

    • Dr_ZC

      Nobody could predict that he would be an all American, because he is Canadian :). Joke aside, I loved him before he even joined Michigan. Plenty of self confidence. When a reporter told him that there is a chance Burke was going to leave after his freshman year, he replied “More practice for me at the point guard”.