Nate Wolters, PG, South Dakota State
Wolters, 22, is widely presumed to be the best basketball player to ever come out of St. Cloud, the Minnesota town referenced in Disney’s original “Mighty Ducks” film. From small town to small school, he became something of a legend in Middle America as he led South Dakota State to the NCAA tournament. Wolters improved his scoring average in each of his four seasons with the Jackrabbits, including averaging 22.3 points on 48.5 percent shooting his senior year. Wolters’ strengths are his height (6-foot-5), decision-making (5.8 assists to 2.3 turnovers) and shooting ability. He is adept at the mid-range game, using hesitation dribbles to free himself for a variety of runners and difficult-angled floaters. Questions remain about how he’ll fare against top-tier competition. However, Wolters had a 28-point game this year against Top 20 New Mexico and scored 34 on the road at Washington last season. Most mock drafts predict Wolters will fall somewhere in the early second round.
“Nate’s ability to score in multiple ways, plus his length, give him an edge at point guard,” Josh Hanson, who coached on a select team in 2008, told Andy Rennecke in the St. Cloud Times June 8. “He doesn’t stop going to the gym. That’s who he is. That’s what he can always hang his hat on.
“Just think of what he did at South Dakota State with the teammates he had. Think of what he can do with six to eight guys who can jump out of the gym in the NBA? I’d say the future looks pretty bright.”