St. Mark's Stauskas commits to Michigan

ESPN's Adam Finkelstein is reporting that St. Mark's junior guard Nik Stauskas has verbally committed to the University of Michigan for the fall of 2012.

The 6-foot-5 swingman was an integral part of St. Mark's run to the NEPSAC Class AA title game, where the Lions lost to Tilton. He averaged roughly 17.3 points, two rebounds and 2.5 assists this season, his first on the Southborough campus. Stauskas was also considering Kansas, Iowa State and Wake Forest at the time of his commitment.

Stauskas took an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor last summer, and has been heavily recruited by John Beilein's coaching staff ever since. Beilein had one scholarship open for the Class of 2012, and for the Canadian-bred Stauskas that was an opportunity he didn't want to pass up.

"There was no better place for me than Michigan. I talked to my parents about it, talked to my coaches about it and we were all in agreement," Stauskas told Finkelstein. "Coach Beilein is one of the best coaches out there, the system they run is perfect for me, it's a great education, and it's about as close to home as I can get."

Stauskas continues the pipeline of New England prep schools to Ann Arbor, following in the footsteps of sophomore Josh Bartelstein (Philips Exeter), redshirt freshman Blake McLimans (Worcester Academy) and true freshman Evan Smotrycz (New Hampton/Reading High School).

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school basketball talent, be sure to check out Finkelstein's blog.