Michigan freshman Nik Stauskas living up to his billing as a perfect fit in John Beilein's offense
ANN ARBOR -- From the moment he offered a commitment to John Beilein in the spring of 2011, Nik Stauskas was described as a perfect fit for Michigan.
Three games into his freshman season, Stauskas says he's still doing his best to grasp the ins and outs of Beilein's system, and offense he seems to have been built for.
"I'm getting there," Stauskas said Tuesday. "There's still a couple plays I go out there and blank out a little bit, don't know what I'm doing."
Luckily for him, though, he's got a fool-proof way to beat any blank outs he may be feeling right now.
When in doubt, just shoot it.
That method paid off for Stauskas on Tuesday as the freshman dropped in 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting, including a 3-for-4 performance from 3-point range.
Through three games, Stauskas is averaging 11 points and 2.7 rebounds -- and the 6-foot-6 sharpshooter is living up to his billing fro the field.
He's 9-for-13 from the floor, 7-for-10 from 3-point line and 8-for-9 from the charity stripe.
In 70 minutes of basketball, Nik Stauskas has missed a total of 5 shots.
"He sees a zone, and he certainly enjoys that," Beilein laughed. "When he gets out on the court, he always seems comfortable to me. And I think he could be more aggressive, actually, I'd like to see him do more off the bounce.
"But like I said with Glenn (Robinson III), he's got a feel for the game that's tough to teach."
If there's one part of his early-season college experience that Stauskas wasn't instantly comfortable with, it was coming off the bench.
Beilein seems rather settled with a five-man starting lineup of Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Matt Vogrich, Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Morgan. Stauskas, meanwhile, is generally the first player off the bench -- alongside classmate Mitch McGary.
It's something he admits he's still getting used to.
"I don't think I've ever come off the bench before, it's new to me, but I'll figure my way out," Stauskas said. "I'm getting there."
If "getting there" means shooting 70 percent from the floor through three games, then Michigan's "perfect fit" seems to be coming along rather nicely.