John Beilein impressed by Nik Stauskas' holiday video, recalls his backyard shooting days
ANN ARBOR -- Nik Stauskas made a name for himself during his prep school days by displaying his shooting talents on YouTube.
Earlier this week, he cranked up his time machine and put together another shooting video with his father, Paul, for Christmas -- knocking down 45 3-pointers in 50 tries on a court in his backyard in Canada.
Asked if he watched Stauskas' holiday message, Michigan coach John Beilein said he did.
And he was impressed.
"I did watch that," Beilein said with a laugh. "Coming from a guy who shoveled off his (backyard court) for a long time, that would be me, that's hard to do.
"That was impressive."
Stauskas, Michigan's 6-foot-6 freshman wing, is currently the Big Ten's top 3-point shooter at 55.7 percent through 12 games.
And while Beilein was impressed by his rookie's ability to calmly knock down jumpers outside in the cold, he seemed more impressed by Stauskas' backyard basketball court.
Enough to remember his own setup as a child in upstate New York.
"I had (a) dirt (court) until about the seventh grade, and that was great," Beilein said. "When it was cold out, you could dribble the ball on the dirt because it would be so hard. I could dribble before the bus came in the morning, sometimes with a soccer ball, believe it or not.
"Gradually we got a paved court, 20-by-20, I've got a picture up in my house (of it) it's a great picture. ... I thought was really good in the Buffalo area, when I didn't shovel my court and the snow was a foot high I was a much better player. I was much taller."
Beilein loved his own backyard court, but would he trade for Stauskas' high-scale Canadian model?
"He's got a pretty good setup," he said with a smile.
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