The nickname that made famous by Miami Heat guard Jason Williams during his rookie season with the Sacramento kings has officially been taken over by a young Canadian phenom. The flash and flare that Nick Stauskas unveils for South Kent School (South Kent, CT) and Grassroots Canada is so similar to Williams' that he adopted the "White Chocolate" moniker as part of his email address. That said, there is much more to Stauskas' game than his ankle breaking handles. Great court vision, long range marksmanship, and a high basketball IQ lend the substance that has turned the heads of a number of college coaches.
"We are truly very excited for Nick and the attention that he is receiving from these colleges," Stauskas' mother said. "As parents we try and support what his passion in life is and basketball is a big part of that. Education comes first and he is a great student with a 3.7 GPA and we are here to support him."
Michigan, Notre Dame, Baylor, Georgetown, Pitt, Villanova and many others are starting to turn up their interest in the talented youngster. Although John Beilein has not yet seen him in person, the Wolverines have been in contact and are definitely in the mix for his services.
"Coach Beilein has seen tape on me and he told me that I would be a good fit for his system with the style that I have," Stauskas said. "Coach Jeff Meyer has been to see me in person he was in Springfield, Mass. and Minneapolis, Minnesota this month to watch me play."
Assistants Bacari Alexander and Lavall Jordan have also watched Stauskas in recent weeks. The outpouring of attention Wolverines definitely hasn't gone unnoticed. But have they offered a scholarship like published reports suggest?
Siad Stauskas, "my AAU coach said I have been offered, but me or my parents actually have not heard anything."
An offer to Stauskas at this juncture would have been an unprecedented development during Beilein's tenure at Michigan. Up to this point he hasn't extended offers to youngsters before they've visited campus to meet with coaches, tour the facilities, and get a more in depth feel for the Maize & Blue. It is a matter of principle. That said, just because an offer has not yet been extended, doesn't mean that one won't be in the not too distant future.
"I will be visiting Michigan on August 2nd to meet with the staff," he said.
If Beilein were to join Oklahoma State on Stauskas' offer list, Michigan's chances in this race will likely receive a major boost. He already has a strong affinity for the Wolverines' style of play.
Said Stauskas, "I like to get up and down the floor in a free flowing offense where they shoot a lot."
For the moment Stauskas is content to enjoy the recruiting and look ahead to next season when he'll team up with Michigan target Alex Murphy at Southborough (MA) St. Marks.
"(Recruiting) is crazy but I love it," he said. "This is what I want to do and it is so much fun."