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Michigan Basketball’s Nik Stauskas Drafted by Sacramento Kings

June 27th, 2014 at 1:10 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni

With the eight overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Nik Stauskas has a new home.  The Michigan product has been drafted by the Sacramento Kings in this year's edition of the annual player selection.

 

 

The 6'6" Canadian will be playing shooting guard for the Kings.  He brings a strong shooting presence to the team, especially at the free throw line and from three-point territory.  In his two years in Ann Arbor, Stauskas shot 83.2 percent from the foul line and and made 44.1 percent of his three-point shots.  If you calculate every shot he took (field goals and free throws), you will find a total shooting percentage of 57.5.  Stauskas, on paper, looks like he will be good as a pure shooter.

In the 2013-2014 season, the Kings finished 17th in scoring and 20th in field goal percentage.  Just one player will not solve all their scoring issues, but Stauskas will bring in some buzz.

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Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Basketball for Michigan Wolverines

April 30th, 2014 at 2:01 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni

Even though the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team is losing quite a bit of talent to the NBA Draft, they have solid talent coming in.  Head coach John Beilein has announced that Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman, a 6'4" guard from Allentown, Pennsylvania, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Michigan.

 

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Abdur-Rahkman left his mark as Central Catholic High School's all-time leading scorer in basketball with 2,136 career points.  That points total also makes him sixth on the PIAA District 11 scoring list.  In addition, he has earned PIAA Class AAA All-State honors four times (second team in 2011 and 2012 and first time in 2013 and 2014), was named to the Lehigh Valley All-Star Team four times, and was named Lehigh Valley Conference MVP in 2013 and 2014.  His senior year was stellar as he averaged 23.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

During his four years of high school basketball, Abdur-Rahkman has seen a lot of success.  In that time span, the team had a record of 86-25 and won four PIAA District 11 Class AAA District titles, two Lehigh Valley Conference West Division titles, and the 2014 Lehigh Valley Conference title.  He will see even more team success as he heads to a top basketball university that has the makings of remaining a contender for a while.

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Michigan Wolverines’ Mitch McGary Declares for NBA Draft

April 25th, 2014 at 11:18 AM
By Mario E. Scipioni

The silence has been broken.  Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary has announced that he will declare for the NBA Draft.  This makes him the third player from the team as well as the third sophomore from the team to declare for the draft this month as he joins Nik Stauskas and Glen Robinson III.

 

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In his two years at Michigan, McGary was a solid shooter as well as a strong defensive presence.  He scored 367 points, recorded 312 rebounds, and blocked 34 shots for the Wolverines.  McGary played only eight games in the 2013-2014 season due to back problems for which eventually went for surgery.  Despite his absence, the Wolverines went on to reach the Elite Eight before being eliminated by Kentucky.

McGary would have faced punishment if stayed at Michigan for another year.  He failed a drug test during the NCAA tournament testing positive for marijuana.  The result was a one-year suspension.  In other words, McGary is avoiding not being allowed to play basketball for a year by declaring for the NBA Draft.

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Michigan Wolverines Advance to Elite Eight with 73-71 Victory Over Tennessee Volunteers

March 29th, 2014 at 10:59 AM
By Mario E. Scipioni

For the second year in a row, the Michigan Wolverines are headed to the Elite Eight. They earned the trip after winning a nail-biter against Tennessee 73-71.

 

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After being a close game for the first ten minutes, Michigan started to build a lead. With 10:56 left in the game, the Wolverines were up by 15 points and looked like they were about to run away with the game. However, the Volunteers would not go down easy.  They were mounting a comeback in the closing minutes and made it a one-point game.  After Nik Stauskas went to the free throw line and

Forward Jordan Morgan led Michigan in scoring with 15 points and tallied seven rebounds.  Stauskas helped out on offense with a 15-point performance.  Glen Robinson III also made great contributions to Michigan's Friday Night victory with 13 points and five rebounds.

While many are talking about the thrilling game, many are also talking about the controversial call that pretty much ended the game. Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes was called for an offensive foul with only six seconds left to go in the game, but the replay shows that the call is questionable.  Tennessee was obviously furious as their run had come to an end on a tough call in a big spot.

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Michigan Wolverines Get Ready to Take on Purdue Boilermakers

January 30th, 2014 at 12:06 AM
By Rebecca Pierce

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The University of Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team will continue Big Ten play against the Purdue Boilermakers on Thursday at 9:00 pm in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are coming off a win against no. 3 Michigan State, which helped them keep a perfect conference record for the season so far. The streak marks the first time U of M has started conference play with seven straight wins since 1976-77. 

Even with key player Mitch McGary still out due to injury, Michigan is the only team in the Big Ten that has kept a perfect conference record so far this season. Players like Trey Burke, Jordan Morgan, Glenn Robinson, Oscar Robertson, and sophomore Nik Stauskas are keeping the team going strong. Stauskas was recently named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second straight week, and Robertson was named National Player of the Week.

Purdue is currently holding a 3-4 record within the Big Ten as they head to Ann Arbor for Thursday's game. The last time the two teams played against each other was in March of last year, where Michigan was the victor by five points in an 80-75 win. 

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