Originally written on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 1/23/13
John Beilein often tells the story of Tim Hardaway Jr.’s freshman season when the Wolverine staff didn’t realize how effective Hardaway could be in ball screen situations until mid-way through his first season. The realization changed the course of Michigan’s season and Hardaway helped guide the Wolverines to the NCAA tournament round of 32. The Michigan offense circa 2012-13 clearly revolves around the Trey Burke ball screen and that’s fine (he happens to be one of the best ball screen guards in the country) but there’s a new wrinkle that the coaches have slowly been incorporating: the Nik Stauskas ball screen. Stauskas isn’t just a catch-and-shoot player and he’s been lethal in ball screen situations this year. Slowly but surely, he’s finding more opportunities to become involved in the offense with side ball screens. The Wolverines have scored 53 points on the 33 possessions that have ended in Nik Stauskas ball screen action this season – scoring an impressive 1.61 points per pos...
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