Caris LeVert (L) and Nik Stauskas
March 11, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- University of Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein was honored today (Tuesday, March 11) as the 2014 USBWA's District V Coach of the Year, while sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Marks [Mass.]) was named the District V Player of the Year as well as a member of the All-District V team along with team and fellow sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central HS).
After being selected as the Big Ten's Coach of the Year by the media, Beilein picks up his second coaching honor by the USBWA, while Stauskas earns his third Player of the Year award after being named the Big Ten's MVP by the coaches and media.
Joining Stauskas and LeVert on the All-District V team included Indiana' Yogi Ferrell; Michigan State's Gary Harris and Adreian Payne; Ohio State' Aaron Craft; Wisconsin's Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky; Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick; and Green Bay's Keifer Sykes
Beilein's Wolverines closed the regular season with a 23-7 overall mark and guided the Wolverines to their first outright Big Ten title in 28 years with a 15-3 record. The Wolverines earned their first No. 1 seed at the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.
Stauskas, who was recently named to the Sporting News' All-America second team, led the Maize and Blue with 17.4 points and 3.5 assists while pulling down 3.3 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in 25 of his 29 games, with 13 20-plus point games, including a career-best 26 twice. He is the only player in the Big Ten to rank among the top 11 for field goal percentage (48.9), three-point percentage (45.8) and free throw percentage (81.1).
LeVert, who started all 30 games, improved his averages from just 2.3 points in 2012-13 to 13.4 points per game this season. He posted 21 double-figure scoring games with seven 20-plus point games, including a career-best 25 against Wisconsin on Feb. 16. He added 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists while playing in 34.0 minutes per game.
The Wolverines open conference tournament play on Friday (March 14) at noon against the winner of the match-up between No. 8 seed Indiana and No. 9 seed Illinois.
2014 USBWA District Awards
All-District V Team
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Caris LeVert, Michigan
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Keifer Sykes, Green Bay
Note: District V is made up of schools from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin
Contact: Tom Wywrot 734 (763-4423)