Sacramento Kings select Nik Stauskas with No. 8 pick in 2014 NBA Draft

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The Sacramento Kings selected Nik Stauskas with the 8th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft this evening.

The pick was first reported by Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski.

Stauskas was the first Wolverine selected in this year’s draft and his selection means that Michigan has had a lottery pick in each of the past two seasons. Stauskas led Michigan 17.5 points and 3.3 assists per game last season and was named Big Ten Player of the Year after leading the Wolverines to an outright Big Ten Championship.

“A lot of guys who come to Michigan are under-recruited and we play with a chip on our shoulder,” Stauskas said on ESPN after being selected. “I think me and Trey both felt like we had something to prove and coach Beilein and the assistants have all done a great job, gave us a great system to play in and we’ve really succeeded in it.”

Stauskas is Michigan’s highest draft pick since Jamal Crawford was selected 8th in the 2000 NBA Draft.

  • It would have been laughable to suggest that Nik would have been a top ten pick:
    -last year
    -two years ago

    Ever.

    Remarkable. Kid put in the work and man he went out and got it.

    • Wayman Britt

      I agree he sure did improve. He has the world by the tail. He already has a hot girl and now he is a multi-millionaire.

  • Indiana_Matt

    Dope!

  • DingoBlue

    Congrats to Nik! Made his dream came true.

  • MAZS

    Happy for Nik. Must be a big surprise to some here who have done little but marginalize him. Apparently you don’t need to play D in the NBA. s/

  • DingoBlue

    Early perusing of the Sac Kings SB Nation boards show they are not super stoked about the pick. I can’t vouch for fit, but we know he will continue to put in work.

  • jakelam2116

    Tough place to be successful, but I’ll definitely be watching.

  • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

    Congrats to Nik. I think he would he be better off getting on a more established team though (Heat or OKC) – but there was no flying under the radar.

    The West is pretty stacked – so its going to be tough going forward.