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Nik Stauskas of Michigan, the Big 10 Player of the Year, talks to News10 about being selected 8th overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2014 NBA Draft. News10/KXTV

SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento Kings have taken Michigan guard Nik Stauskas with the eighth overall pick in the NBA draft.

With many needs heading into Thursday's draft, the Kings opted for one of the top shooters available in Stauskas.

Stauskas is from Mississauga, Ontario, and followed top pick Andrew Wiggins as the second Canadian taken in the draft.

The 6-foot-6 Stauskas became one of the nation's most well-rounded offensive players, averaging 17.5 points last season on the way to winning Big Ten player of the year honors. Stauskas shot 44 percent from 3-point range in two years in college and improved his ball handling and defense in his second season.

Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone talks about the 2014 NBA Draft, where they selected Nik Stauskas from Michigan. Malone talks about his impressions of Stauskas, how drafting him relates to Ben McLemore and updates his assistant coach search News10/KXTV

Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro and majority owner Vivek Ranadive talk about their 2014 draft pick Nik Stauskas, a combo guard from Michigan and the Big 10 Player of the Year. News10/KXTV

Sacramento Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive talks about letting his draft war room be live streamed to fans. News10/KXTV

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