Top 10 overlooked matchup nightmares
January, 29, 2014
By Seth Greenberg | ESPN Insider
Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesMichigan guard Nik Stauskas is averaging 22.3 points in his last four games.Every night across America, coaches are devising game plans for their next opponent. And while they scout an entire team -- not just an individual -- sometimes there’s a player just too good not to be the focus of their attention.
These matchup nightmares aren’t necessarily an elite scorer, a potential NBA lottery pick or someone who fills up the stat sheet each night. They’re simply the toughest players in college basketball to get ready for. Certain stars are obvious: Kansas’ Joel Embiid, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Duke’s Jabari Parker come to mind.
But who are some under-the-radar matchup nightmares? Which lesser-known players affect a coach’s preparation more than almost any others? Let’s take a look at the top 10.
1. Nik Stauskas | G | Michigan Wolverines
Key stat: Averaging 22.3 points per game in his past four contests
A season ago, Stauskas was a 6-foot-6 shooting guard who ran the floor and played off Trey Burke's penetration. He showed flashes of being athletic and used his shot fake to set up his drive. However, in 2013-14, he’s become one of the most complete guards in the nation.