Mar 30, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard/forward James Young (1) passes the ball away from Michigan Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas (11) in the second half of the finals of the midwest regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Nik Stauskas reportedly leaving Michigan, headed to the NBA

Michigan Wolverines superstar, Nik Stauskas, is reportedly leaving the school and throwing his hat in the 2014 NBA Draft. This according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN and his sources.

For what it is worth, yesterday saw everyone claiming their sources about Julius Randle declaring early for the draft, only for the Kentucky big to refute such claims.

Although , Canadian born Stauskas might want to strike while the iron is hot. A 6’6″ shooting guard, Nik Stauskas is a projected lottery pick for this year’s NBA Draft. Returning would likely diminish that wonderful, fictional ceiling of potential that scouts and general managers love so dearly.

This is big news for Michigan fans. With two other players —  Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary — also guys who might throw their names into the draft, the Wolverines can look extremely different next year. And by different, I mean not as good.

Goodman says Stauskas will make his announcement about declaring early entry for the NBA Draft pretty soon. But if we learned anything from Randle yesterday, until the player himself says it, it is just all of us dopes citing courses, citing others’ sources and trusting in the usually solid reporting of quality reporters.

Update: I guess we are going to continue the trend of usually spot-on reporters being rebuffed by the players themselves.

It is worth noting, though, that Goodman’s sources might very well be true, but that Stauskas just wants to make the announcement on his time. Which is  his right to do so.

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