March 8, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- University of Michigan men's basketball sophomore guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Marks) has been named to the final ballot for the John R. Wooden Award as the announcement was made today (Saturday, March 8) by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPN's College GameDay.
Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who are the eligible for college basketball's most prestigious honor. All balloted players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Stauskas, who is under consideration for the Big Ten's Player of the Year award, continues to lead the Wolverines with 17.3 points a game, while averaging 3.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He has set new career bests in 11 stat categories this season and has been named the Big Ten's Player of the Week on three occasions.
Stauskas is the only Big Ten player to be ranked among the top 12 in field goal percentage (49.0, 11th), three-point percentage (46.4, 2nd) and free throw percentage (80.6, 7th) in the Big Ten.
Ranking fifth in the conference for scoring, he has scored in double figures in 24 of 28 games with 12 of those 20-or-more points. He had a career-best 26 points twice this season -- vs. Florida State (Nov. 22) and against Iowa (Jan. 22).
Stauskas needs just 85 more points to reach 1,000 in his career. He has 915 career points -- a 13.7 average. Only seven sophomores have ever reached 1,000 points in U-M history. He also cracked into U-M's all-time top 10 for career three-point field goals and ranks ninth all-time with 150. His 45.05 career three-point percentage ranks as the fourth best all-time.
The Wooden Award All-America Team, consisting of the nation's top-10 players, will be announced the week of the Elite Eight during the NCAA Tournament, while the Player of the Year award will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four weekend in Dallas, Texas.
The 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy's will honor the male and female Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-America Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Stanford head women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer. The Gala will take place the weekend of April 11-12 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Former Wolverine Trey Burke (2012-13), who was a first-round selection in the 2013 NBA Draft and current Utah Jazz starter, won U-M's first-ever Wooden Award last season.
John R. Wooden Award 2013-14 Ballot
Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Nick Johnson, Arizona
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Doug McDermott*#, Creighton
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Jabari Parker, Duke
Casey Prather, Florida
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Russ Smith, Louisville
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
* indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden All-America Team
# indicates player chosen to the 2012 Wooden All-America Team
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734-763-4423)