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Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 4:53 PM (permalink)
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http://www.mlive.com/wolv...nik_stauskas_glen.html



Stauskas, the Big Ten Player of the Year, is widely considered as the player with the highest draft stock on Michigan's roster at the moment. ESPN.com's Chad Ford has him at No. 21 on his top 100 list. DraftExpress.com has Stauskas going No. 17 overall in its latest mock draft.

"Right now it's just tough with the way the season ended," Stauskas said. "I guess I'll just talk to my family, talk to my coaches and make my decision soon."

Asked if Michigan's season coming up short of the ultimate goal -- another Final Four -- will have a factor in his decision, Stauskas said it might.

But he's still not sure.

"Maybe a little bit, said Stauskas, who put up 24 points and three assists against Kentucky on Sunday. "It's tough to come that close to a Final Four and get sent home. So I'm not really sure. I don't know where I'm at right now with the decision. In the next couple of days I'll start figuring out what I've got to do.

"I'll just look at the pros and cons of staying or leaving and talk to my parents and hopefully make the best decision for me and my future."

Robinson, meanwhile, sits a bit lower in the eyes of most scouts. After being viewed as a likely first-round lock a year ago, Robinson currently sits at No. 32 on Chad Ford's big board, and DraftExpress.com has him going No. 7 in the second round.

Unlike Stauskas, though, Robinson has been through this process before. And he expects to go about the process the same way.

"I really haven't thought much about it, but coach (John) Beilein does a great job with this," said Robinson, who ended up with 14 points and six rebounds Sunday. "I remember looking back at last year after the national championship game, the next morning he brought me, Trey (Burke), Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Mitch all into a room with our families and (discussed) the options that we had.

"He gave us things to think about and gave us advice. I know he'll do that again. And with that, and talking with my family, I'll make a decision."

Robinson admitted that he hasn't thought about the NBA nearly as much this season as he did a year ago. A freshman in 2013, Robinson said he thought about possibly leaving quite a bit.

But this year, his focus was more on this team and making a run. He says it's helped him mature, and it'll help him make the best decision for himself and his family.

"This (loss) will drive anybody, and not just me, you look at Caris (LeVert) over there and you know he'll be back in the gym right away working," Robinson said. "And the same with me.

"This will drive me."

McGary -- the 6-foot-10, 260-pounder who along with Robinson passed on the NBA last year in favor of another year in college -- obviously didn't have the year he planned this season. That's due to injury.

McGary is all the way down to No. 48 on Chad Ford's board, and DraftExpress has him at No. 3 in the second round.

December back surgery derailed what was supposed to be an All-American-type year for the big man. And while he says he hasn't really given the NBA much thought, and he'll have to speak with the coaching staff and his family, he says his first priority will be about his health.

He did admit that this season -- both his personal battles and the way it ended short of a Final Four -- could play a role in his choice.

"A couple years ago I came here and wanted to win a national championship, and I still haven't," McGary said. "I really don't know what my plan is right now.

"(The factors I'll go over are) if I'm ready mentally and physically. Physically I have to get back to where I was. (Right now) there's no way I'm even ready to think about playing at the next level with my body. I'm still trying to rehab and get back to playing."


Stauskas – gone, no chance he sticks around with a mid-1st round grade…he saw what happened to McGary last year, he will chase the money.

Robinson – 50/50, he’s probably not ready yet and could very easily slip to the 2nd round…all depends on how he is ‘coached’ about staying/leaving…

McGary – 100% back (no pun) next year…dude won’t even be ready to work out for teams before the draft…and if he does get drafted in the 2nd round, he won’t make an NBA roster. Probably should have left last year, strike while it’s hot, but now that he stayed and got hurt, he can only improve his NBA stock all the while helping Michigan continue to build the program…

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    Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 5:31 PM (permalink)
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    If Stauskas goes pro, it will have nothing to do with "chasing the money."  That's just the opinion I get from him.

     
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      Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 5:55 PM (permalink)
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      I agree. Stauskas is gone. I don't think he can get any better with college coaching. Robinson I think stays. His issues are consistency which can be worked on in college and against lesser competition in college as compared to the pros. Also, it isn't like Robinson's family is hurting for money like some college players which helps the case to stay. McGary is the toughest for me to predict. The back injury is the issue, will he decide that because of injuries that he should go get paid now while he can or does he feel like he has more to prove in college?
       
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        Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 6:13 PM (permalink)
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        GRIII and McGary find themselves in the same position as last year….both Burke and Hardaway were gone, no questions asked. They came together, made the decision to stay together and announced it together.

        Stauskas is gone, no questions asked…1st rounder who can’t improve his stock and should go to the next level. The question is, will McGary and GRIII again sit down and decide to stay….

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          Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 6:29 PM (permalink)
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          I agree that Stauskas is gone but needs to work on his defense.
           
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            Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 6:36 PM (permalink)
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            For McGary...I don't think his family has money issues either (not wealthy like GR3's family, but I think his family has some cash). That combined with the fact he won't be a 1st round pick meaning he isn't guaranteed a 3-4 deal on an NBA roster. He'll either be struggling to make a roster or be stuck in the NBDL or overseas. He had a telling quote today...saying he came to Michigan to win a national title and hasn't done that yet. I think he stays.

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              Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 6:41 PM (permalink)
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              Still think we have a solid team next year.
              Walton/Spike
              LeVert/?
              Irvin/Chatman
              Robinson/Donnal
              McGary/Horford
               
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                Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 7:19 PM (permalink)
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                Walton and Irvin will take big strides if they decided to take part in the 'Caris LaVert' off-season program. And from the sounds of it, we have a couple nice dudes waiting in the wings. Although again, size will be an issue. We saw what our lack there of does last Sunday afternoon....

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                  Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 7:24 PM (permalink)
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                  I'd be shocked if Nik comes back, but in honor of Bo's birthday, I will optimistically say... Those who stay!!!
                   
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                    Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:57 PM (permalink)
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                    Only thing we can look back on was Nik's dad mentioning that he's going pro during the first weeks of the season and Nik telling him to not speak publicly about it. If his dad is telling him to, good chance he listens.
                     
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                      Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 11:54 PM (permalink)
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                      Well I think Nik isn't ready and I truly am not being selfish his D isn't NBA ready and I personally think he needs 1 more year to get mentally and physically stronger, going to the rack was a great improvement this year still not NBA ready to take most association players off the dribble. Whatever's best for the kid stay or go so be it can't fault anyone for the dream and cash. Still this team a year older and Mitch in the fold preseason top 5
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                        Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Tuesday, April 01, 2014 11:56 PM (permalink)
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                        My guesses:
                         
                        Nik: 100% gone.
                         
                        GR3: 75-80% gone.
                         
                        McGary: 50/50, leaning toward staying.
                         
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                          Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:09 AM (permalink)
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                          People that think Robinson is leaning towards staying are just Michigan fans hoping that he stays. Not saying that he 100% will go, but he still grades out as a first rounder based on athleticism and potential. If there is anything that the NBA (or any professional sport for that matter) looks for it is those two things. I hope he stays, but think he will go.
                           
                          Think Stauskas is gone. If McGary goes I think it will be a huge mistake on his part.
                           
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                            Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Wednesday, April 02, 2014 10:45 AM (permalink)
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                            The thing to consider with McGary is that he's 22yrs old already. In NBA prospect years that's ancient so you'd be talking about hitting the league at 23 if he stays.

                            Nik is gone, he has nothing to come back for. While he can improve as a player he can't raise his draft stock. No amount of improvement on defense will move him into the lottery next year and he can be a 10-15pt scorer from the jump.

                            GRIII is the hardest to read. He can definitely improve his stock by coming back but it's a question of whether he wants to. It wasn't included in this article but I read a quote yesterday where he admitted that he got angry at being moved from the SF position that he was promised by the coaching. The position he is best suited for and where he will play at the next level. He stayed last year to work on his game at the 3 but ended up banging with bigs all season. His thought process may turn toward leaving if he is expecting a repeat of that this year. As mentioned money isn't the biggest factor so he may not actually care about going in the first round. He'll make an NBA roster regardless.
                             
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                              Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Wednesday, April 02, 2014 11:02 AM (permalink)
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                              The scouts will chew up McGary if he declares…he might just get buried in the draft/work out process because of his back. Someone will take a flyer on him in the 2nd round, maybe…but sometimes teams will look overseas when looking for a project in the later rounds.

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                                Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Wednesday, April 02, 2014 11:10 AM (permalink)
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                                The thing to consider with McGary is that he's 22yrs old already. In NBA prospect years that's ancient so you'd be talking about hitting the league at 23 if he stays.

                                Nik is gone, he has nothing to come back for. While he can improve as a player he can't raise his draft stock. No amount of improvement on defense will move him into the lottery next year and he can be a 10-15pt scorer from the jump.

                                GRIII is the hardest to read. He can definitely improve his stock by coming back but it's a question of whether he wants to. It wasn't included in this article but I read a quote yesterday where he admitted that he got angry at being moved from the SF position that he was promised by the coaching. The position he is best suited for and where he will play at the next level. He stayed last year to work on his game at the 3 but ended up banging with bigs all season. His thought process may turn toward leaving if he is expecting a repeat of that this year. As mentioned money isn't the biggest factor so he may not actually care about going in the first round. He'll make an NBA roster regardless.

                                 
                                 
                                Is that what it's only about nowadays?  I would like to think these guys have a little more pride and want to actually PLAY in the NBA.... You know, NOT like Morris (on his 4th NBA team in 4 years) and Harris (somewhere in Turkey). 
                                GRIII is not ready (he disappeared for HUGE stretches this season) and neither is McGary.  If they leave they're nuts.
                                 
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                                  Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Wednesday, April 02, 2014 11:24 AM (permalink)
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                                  No worries everyone, we’ve got Andrew Dakich coming back! Haha

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                                    Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Wednesday, April 02, 2014 11:26 AM (permalink)
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                                    Robinson may be the type player that is better suited for the NBA than college. Athelticism goes a long way and a lot of good college players don't make good pros and vice versa. AKA the only person that could slow down Michael Jordan was Dean Smith.
                                     
                                    Only thing moving Stauskas into the lottery next year is caliber of class. 2014 is supposedly the best draft class in a few years and 2015 is supposed to be more like 2013 than 2014.
                                     
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                                      Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Wednesday, April 02, 2014 1:19 PM (permalink)
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                                      Not quite 22 (born in June) but I am picking up what you are putting down. I honestly did not realize he was that old until you posted so I had to fact check it.  Knowing that I still dont thing he leaves.
                                       
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                                        Re:Stauskas, McGary, GR3 not sure about future, will discuss NBA possibilities Wednesday, April 02, 2014 1:19 PM (permalink)
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                                        Guess I'm alone in thinking He will stay....imagine that
                                         
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