Michigan's Nik Stauskas considered one of nation's top freshmen

Gregory Shamus

Michigan freshman Nik Stauskas is widely recognized as one of the best first-year players in college hoops after the first month.

The first month of the college basketball season is now a thing of the past, and Michigan guard Nik Stauskas was tabbed as the No. 3 freshman in the country after a brilliant stretch to kick off his career, according to ESPN.com.

The 6'6 Stauskas has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games to help lead the undefeated Wolverines, and came in behind only Anthony Bennett of UNLV and Jordan Adams at UCLA. Due to his improbable level of efficiency through roughly 25 percent of the season, Stauskas has completely amazed ESPN.com's John Gasaway with his ability to remain consistent on a nightly basis from the perimeter.

"Stauskas has an offensive rating (152.8) that's in another zip code entirely from what even the amazing likes of Bennett (127.5) and Adams (122.8) have posted," Gasaway says. "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, outside the arc (64 percent), he's Stauskasesque."

Along with draining at least one three-pointer in all eight games, Stauskas has, remarkably, turned the ball over only five times all season. He has been on the floor for at least 31 minutes in Michigan's last three games, and has rewarded head coach John Beilein with a 17.7-point scoring average and 11-of-16 three-point field goals over that span. Fellow freshman Glenn Robinson III checked in at No. 9 overall on the list as well, but right now Stauskas' flat-out elite percentages make him extremely deserving of honors like this.

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