"What separates Nik, what we hope will make him a very difficult guard, is that where some guys are just shooters, Nik, if you come out on Nik he can put the ball down on the floor and get to where he wants to go to," Beilien said at Michigan media day last week. "Some guys can do that, and then can't throw drop-off passes and see the court. He has been able to do that thus far."
At 6-foot-6, 190-pounds, Stauskas will play shooting guard or small forward depending on the matchup this season. Stauskas said his experience of playing against top level competition while at St. Mark's high school (MA) helped him prepare for his experience at Michigan.
"I feel like over my high school career I've gotten used to playing against high level guys," Stauskas told GoBlueWolverine.com. "Then again we're trying to win a lot games here. It's been supper competitive in practice. That's something I like, we're going to get better playing against each other and pushing each other.
"Obviously things are a little sped up here. Guys are a lot stronger, so it's not going to be the same. I want to keep working to where it gets to that point, where I can do the same things here that I did in high school."
Satauskas has already made an impact in practice, by showcasing his three-point shot in the team shooting competition—50 and 5. It's a team competition where the shooter has five minutes to make 50 baskets.
"I don't know what the exact number was. It was 75 or 78, but it really doesn't matter at the end of the day," Stauskas said.
Offensively, Stauskas said he can contribute in many ways to help the Maize & Blue with his multiple skill set.
"Whatever coach Beilien needs me to do," Stuaskas said. "Whether that's knocking down shots or putting the ball and creating for other teammates. I'm confident in my offensive abilities. It's just whatever they need me to do to help win games."
Beilien is well aware of Stauskas' offensive abilities. He said Stuaskas is "embracing" defense, because it will get him more chances to do more things offensively.
"I sense he is embracing (defense), because he knows that is how he gets to do the other stuff," Beilien said. "Like most shooters, they love shooting the ball. I would sense that if he continues doing what he has been doing so far, he among some others will have a pretty green light to let it ride."
Stuaskas said his expectations this season are to work hard and get better as player.
"I expect myself to work hard and do everything I can to play well. I think every player wants to get in the rotation. That's everyone's goal. But at the end of the day, I just want to get better. That's my expectation.
"We have a lot of different players that can do a lot of different things," Stauskas said. "Scoring will definitely not be a problem for us this year. We have a lot of guys who can put the ball in the basket, a lot of different ways. It's really just going to come down to how willing we are to work. And how well we're going to come together as a team."