John Gasaway tabs Nik Stauskas at No. 3 and Glenn Robinson III at No. 9 while ranking the nation’s top freshmen:
3. Nik Stauskas, G, Michigan Wolverines
Stauskas is merely Michigan’s third option on offense, and you may think being rated the No. 3 freshman in the nation is disproportionate for a role player. In the abstract, I agree wholeheartedly, but exactly how much tribute do we give to a player who has helped his team’s offense to the very limit allowed by the sport itself? Stauskas has an offensive rating (152.8) that’s in another zip code, even better than that of Bennett (127.5) and Adams (122.8). He is a normal carbon-based player in only one facet of the game: Stauskas inside the arc with the clock running is a mere mortal. But if he’s at the line (89 percent) or, heaven help the opponent, 3-point range (64 percent), he’s Stauskasesque.
His numbers will correct downward, but the larger point is that for a second consecutive season, John Beilein has a freshman who arrived i...