On Tuesday, the Michigan Wolverines lost a pair of sophomores to the NBA draft. Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III were key pieces to the 2013 Final Four run and they were the main attraction on a team that fell to Kentucky in the Elite 8 this season.
The preseason development of Nik Stauskas was greatly noted after his freshman year, and he parlayed his hard work into the Big 10 player of the year. ESPN.com reports that Stauskas averaged 17.5 points per game. He also hit 44 percent of his three point shots this season.
Nik Stauskas’ productive year led Michigan to the Big 10 regular season title and he won the conference player of the year. However, Stauskas was part of a team loaded with offensive talent.
Glenn Robinson III averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in his sophomore season. Robinson shot 48 percent from the field, but only hit 30 percent from three point range.
Offensively, Glenn Robinson started to fulfill his potential and he should be a good pro. Still, his demeanor is not to take over a game on the offensive end.
Michigan had a chance to be one of the most dynamic offensive teams in the 2014-15 season if both players stayed, instead, they’ll have plenty of shoes to fill.
It’s unclear if Mitch McGary will forego his final two years of eligibility. Although McGary missed most of this season, he is still projected to be a first round pick.
Michigan also lost Jon Horford when he decided to transfer from Michigan. The Wolverines are sure to look far different than they did from two years ago.
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