Following a sophomore season that ended with a team-high 17.5 points per game and Big Ten Player of the Year honors, Michigan wing Nik Stauskas is home in Ontario, contemplating whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to Ann Arbor for his junior season.
“I’m talking with my parents and taking some meetings with people to figure this situation out and see what’s best for me and my future,” Stauskas told Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto on Friday according to Brendan F. Quinn of MLive.com. “That’s a decision that I’m probably going to come up on in the next week or so.”
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Currently, the 6-foot-6 Stauskas is projected as a first-round pick in June’s draft, being selected No. 16 overall according to DraftExpress.com’s latest mock draft. An Eastern Conference scout told MLive that Stauskas will “be drafted in the late lottery and I think have a good career.”
Last season, head coach John Beilein saw his back court Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. leave early. This year the Wolverines could see multiple players declare for the draft again. Fellow sophomores Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary, who played in only eight games, both have a decision to make regarding their future. Robinson and McGary are viewed as early second round picks.
Stauskas, Robinson and McGary have until April 27 to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.
Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.
According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.
The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.
Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.
The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.
Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.
During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.
In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.
“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”
Miller also released his apology in the same release.
“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.
For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?