Nik Stauskas reportedly entering NBA Draft; Stauskas says no decision yet

Dylan Burkhardt

Kentucky 75, Michigan 72-2
Dustin Johnston

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that Nik Stauskas will enter the NBA Draft, but Stauskas and his family denied the report.

His father, Paul Stauskas, told UM Hoops that his son has not made any official decision as of Thursday morning.

“I can tell you for a fact he has made no decision on [entering the NBA Draft or selecting an agent],” Paul Stauskas said via email.

Stauskas received feedback from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on Wednesday, but has yet to discuss it with his family. The Stauskas family plans to discuss the feedback before making a decision to stay or go pro before announcing sometime in the near future — potentially early next week.

John Beilein discussed the NBA Draft evaluation process at length in his Wednesday press conference.

“It’s not easier, but it’s something that we’re comfortable with navigating through,” Beilein said after dealing with early entry candidates for the fourth consecutive off-season. “It’s always going to be something that is very fluid and there’s a lot of emotion in it. You just try to help them make educated decisions.”

Stauskas’ father told Sports Illustrated in January that the NBA was goal.

“He sees the brass ring, like three inches away from his nose,” Paul Stauskas told Sports Illustrated. “He knows all he has to do is keep his nose to the grindstone for another couple of months, and there’s a really good possibility he might be able to go pro. He’s working really hard to achieve that.”

NBA Advisory Committee grades are confidential, but Stauskas is projected as a consensus first-round draft pick by notable mock drafts. The 6-foot-6 sophomore was named Big Ten Player of the Year after averaging 17.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game.

  • mistersuits

    Sounds like dad has been coached up a bit on his PR in the last few months.

    I’m at the stage of bargaining… NBA can have Nik if they also take Izzo!

  • JVS

    I like Jeff Goodman a lot, and he may end up being correct as time progresses, but he’s not exactly crushing it this year with his early proclamations. Embiid, Randle, and now this, not exactly appropriately timed. Last year I thought he was spot on.

  • BlueHawaii

    Nik says he’s made no decision, but I think the only decision left is when he announces he’s going pro. I think he should put in another year at the college level before moving on to the NBA grind – it might be millions of dollars but it’s still a job and vastly different from the carefree days of college – but if the money is too irresistible to wait, then, okay – hope it all works out #YOLO

    • Northern Blue

      I am opposite of you. I may be wrong, but the feeling I get is Nik was not taking classes that really lead to a great career outside of basketball in contrast to a guy like JMo or Novak with his business courses. The hardwood is where Nik did his studying, and big ten and tourny games were his exams so to say. He knocked it out of the park and now the job offer he always wanted is knocking at the door.

      Essentially, it would be like JMo being offerred a job right now from Apple and him saying, “ummm, thanks I am not ready, but I would love to next year”. Guess what – it is not always there next year. He is not a guy that a team drafts because of his raw tools either – his skills are NBA ready.

  • brooklyn_guy

    Nik is gonzo and I’ve been resigned to that outcome for some time now. Honestly, if he did announce that he was coming back, I’d be happy for about 10 minutes then I’d begin to worry for his sake about getting hurt next year. He’s not going to get much more highly regarded than he is right now.

    GRIII and Mitch are the big question marks — I don’t think they should go but I’m hardly unbiased in that assessment.

  • Champswest

    I find it sad (and annoying) that grown men have to announce to the world before the individual does. First of all, they are stealing the thunder of the actual person involved and secondly, it makes them look small trying to be the first to say what is about to happen.

    • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

      I agree. Its real sad that’s what journalism has become. First to report is more important than being accurate.

  • PerferctPointofView

    I’m going to play the race card here but to show how hard Nik has worked. When was the last time you saw a Caucasian enter the NBA Draft after his sophomore season that wasn’t a center. Congratulations Nik on maybe being a trend setter!

    • hailtoyourvictor

      Gordon Hayward 3 years ago.

  • Tommy Amaker

    Best of luck to Nik whether he stays or goes, we’ll be fine either way with our wing depth/development. HOWEVER……since the beginning of this process, Nik’s decision has felt eerily similar to Trey’s decision to stay or go after his freshman year. Go and likely be a mid to late first round pick, or return to what will likely be a preseason top 5 team and potentially chase a title on a team loaded with talent. One other thing I find ironic, the reporter who leaked early that Trey was declaring after his freshman year (only to be wrong)…Jeff Goodman.

  • jkuofm27

    Just to add fuel to the fire…it seems like Goodman is trying to be Adam Schefter. However, in order to be Adam Schefter you would first have to be a Meechigan Man! Btw Goodman is an Arizona alum, so it is no surprise that he is trying to push Stauskus out the door. He does not want him dropping 20-30 in the McKale Center next year.

  • guestavo

    Thought this was interesting. Goodman just retweeted it.

    • rlcBlue

      So can Bartelstein now retroactively write off J-Bart’s tuition as a business expense?

    • Rich74

      And this is what journalism has come to: re-tweeting something that you have no idea is true or not.

      • guestavo

        No, I’m sure he has a much more direct line to the source but retweeted it so that us fans would get the hint.

  • Chezaroo

    Has anybody ever put out a denial about the NBA that subsequently turned around and stayed? Nobody wants to be upstaged, but do any of you REALLY believe that Nik hasn’t made up his mind long ago?

    • gobluemd16

      Trey, two years ago…