I was thinking today.. What's the difference between Nik Stauskas and Ray Allen?? The comparison people are going to make is J.J. Reddick, because both are white, but the more accurate comparison IS Ray Allen. Nik Stauskas: 6-6, 205, 20, sophomore, 0.422 from 3. Ray Allen: 6-5, 198, 21, junior, 0.466 from 3, #5 pick. J.J. Reddick: 6-4, 190, 22, senior, 0.421 from 3, #11 pick. *Looking at the stats above, it is important to remember that the NCAA moved the 3-pt line back a foot to begin the 2008-09 season. Nik is an inch taller than Allen, two inches taller than Reddick. Nik is 7lbs heavier than Allen, 15lbs heavier than Reddick. Nik is one year younger than Allen, two years younger than Reddick. Stauskas isn't a 'great' athlete by modern NBA 2-guard standards, but I don't think he's a below average athlete by those standards either. I mean, really, how many ankle-breaking freak athlete 2-guards are there in the NBA today?? Idk how tapped into the UofM Bball scene you posters are, but around Ann Arbor, Nik is already a local legend due to his off-season workout habits. In his one off-season here, he put on 15lbs of pure muscle and totally revolutionized his game. He went from a skinny spot-up shooter who couldn't dribble, couldn't pass, couldn't penetrate or guard anyone to save his life to the Big Ten player of the year. He went from 11 pts/g, 1.3 ast/g, 44.0% 3-pt --- to --- 17.5 pts/g, 3.3 ast/g, 44.2% 3pt. The dude might not be the world's greatest athlete. But he's got great size, length and strength for the position, and at least average athleticism for the position. He's smart, he's tough, he's scrappy, he's a leader and he's going to give tremendous effort on the defensive end (which is about 90% of the battle in the NBA). He's gone up against, shut-down, and outscored a ton of NBA 1st rd pick wings: Oladipo from Indiana, McLemore from Kansas, Harris from MSU, Hood from Duke, Young from Kentucky, Hollis-Jefferson from Arizona, Dekker from Wisconsin, etc. As a 3rd or 4th option on an NBA team, he's going to shoot well over 45% from 3. He won the player of the year award as a sophomore in the best conference in America, certainly the best defensive conference, and did so shooting 44.2% from 3 as his team's #1 option. I think he's going to be a guy who busts his ass off every off-season and improves his all-around game for the next ten years. Great kid. Great intangibles. Comes from a good family. WILL win the NBA's 3-pt competition next season (I've seen him casually make as many as 24 3's in a row in warm-ups, touching the rim maybe 2 or 3 times.....like lay-ups). He's a great teammate. An amazing passer. Handles the ball well enough to run the point in stretches. Can surprise NBA teams with his ability to attack the rim and finish--or dish. Rebounds surprisingly well. I love the kid. If he's there at 8. There aren't a lot of people I'd take over him.