Thursday, June 16, 2011

Q&A with 2012 Michigan verbal Nick Stauskas (Part 1 of 2)

The Source's Michigan recruiting contributor [JH] had a chance to interview rising senior and Michigan verbal Nick Stauskas:

Nick Stauskas committed to The University of Michigan back in March, joining fellow forward Glenn Robinson III.  Nick is currently ranked as one of the top 100 players in America, as well as one of the top ranked players in Canada.  He has spent time playing in prep schools in Connecticut and, most recently, at St. Mark’s in Massachusetts.  Windy City Source recently spoke to Nick about basketball in Canada vs. the U.S., what he sees in his future at Michigan, and everything in between.


Windy City Source:  Talk a little bit about your basketball background and what your high school career has been like to this point.

Nick Stauskas:  I am currently 6'6 and 200 pounds. I grew up in Mississauga, which is basically a suburb of Toronto. I've lived there my whole life up until the last two years. What brought me to South Kent was my desire to play basketball in the U.S.  I felt that Canadian basketball was not very competitive and I knew it was going to be tough to get colleges interested in me by only playing basketball at home. A number of coaches that I grew up with helped me to get to South Kent (Connecticut), but when I got there I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. A couple of months into that school year, I started looking into transferring to another school. The previous summer I had played against an AAU team called Expressions who was coached by David Lubick. Lubick was also the coach at St. Mark's School, and when we played them I think I had about 40 points on them and hit around 7 threes. He came up to me after the game and asked me if I wanted to come to St. Mark's to play the following year because they had already run out of scholarship money for that year. So, while I was at South Kent and wasn't enjoying myself, my family contacted Coach Lubick and asked if we could get things started with the process of getting me into St. Mark's. The rest pretty much took care of itself there and next thing you know I became a Wolverine.

WCS:  What other schools were you looking at besides Michigan?  What about the Wolverines were the deciding factors in your commitment?

NS:  The only schools I was really considering at the end were Iowa State, Kansas, Wake Forest, and, of course, Michigan. What I loved most about Michigan was their style of play. I talked a lot with Coach Lubick from St. Mark's and we both agreed that there was no school in the country that was a better fit for me basketball-wise than Michigan. Also, my relationships with the coaches were great and I really felt that Coach Beilein could give me a good chance at achieving my ultimate dream of playing basketball in the NBA. My parents were going to be happy wherever I decided to go, but they especially loved Michigan because of the education and the fact that Michigan was only about three and a half hours from Toronto, which would mean they would be able to come see me play often.

WCS:  Have you had any contact with fellow 2012 commit, Glenn Robinson III? 

NS:  I have GR3 on Facebook, but I do not know him personally yet. I've seen some video of him and heard a lot of great things so I'm sure we will fit in well together when we get to Michigan in 2012.

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of the interview, in which Stauskas discusses his game and what he expects from himself in the future at Michigan. 

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