March 29, 2011 - 8:02pm
BY BEN ESTES
Max Beilfeldt wasn’t the only recruit to commit to Michigan basketball coach John Beilein this weekend.
According to UMHoops.com, 6-foot-5 guard Nik Stauskas made a verbal commitment to the Wolverines on Saturday night. Stauskas, who is originally from Canada, plays for St. Mark’s in Southborough, Mass. and will join the team in 2012.
Stauskas chose Michigan over offers from Iowa State, Wake Forest and Stanford — as well as interest from Kansas — according to his profile on rivals.com. He’s known as a very skilled offensive player, especially when it comes to shooting. In that regard, he’ll fit in well in Beilein’s 3-point-heavy system.
Stauskas could earn immediate playing time at the “two” or “three” when he arrives in Ann Arbor, as both Zack Novak and Stu Douglass will have graduated.
Barring an early NBA departure in the next two years for sophomore point guard Darius Morris or freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr., Stauskas’s pledge likely ends the Wolverines’ recruiting efforts for 2011 and 2012. Stauskas joins fellow wing Glenn Robinson III — the son of the former Purdue and NBA great — in Michigan’s 2012 class.