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Nate Wolters

  • Full Name: Nate Wolters
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-5 / 196
  • Birthdate: May 15, 1991
  • College: South Dakota State
Washington Wizards (Traded to Milwaukee Bucks on draft night) Round 2: Pick 38
 

- Q and A with Nate Wolters
- Antetokounmpo and Wolters Press Conference

 

Strengths
- Great ball-handler
- Great passer
- Can get to the rim
- Good jump shooter
- Good free-throw shooter
- Intelligent/Basketball savvy
- Good size

Weaknesses
- Can he defend elite point guards?
- Not a great athlete
- Lower trajectory on jump shot

NBA projection
Wolters has been projected as a second-round pick. He’s got a chance to make an NBA roster because of his lead guard skills. What separates him from other players who may be in the same mold, i.e. not overly athletic, is his exceptional ball-handling ability and basketball IQ. He’s able to change speeds off the dribble and create separation or get defenders leaning so he can get past them.

2012-13 Season
Wolters ended his career in fine fashion, leading the Jackrabbits to their second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance while being voted third-team Associate Press All-American and the player of the year in the Summit League. Wolters finished fourth in Division I in scoring and 21st in assists.

Key statistics
22.3 ppg | 5.6 rpg | 5.8 apg | 2.3 tpg | 1.7 spg | 38.1 mpg | .485 FG | .379 3PT | .813 FT

Cool statistic
Wolters set South Dakota State career records with 2,363 points, 669 assists and 648 made free throws.

Reminds me of...
Kirk Hinrich

What Insiders Say
South Dakota State coach Scott Nagy
“He has things you can’t coach. Like basketball instincts. Being in spots. I think so much of it has to do with his love for the game. He loves the game like nobody I’ve ever coached. If he’s not playing it, he’s watching. People ask me what he’s like off the floor, and I tell them I hardly know because he never leaves it.”

What Outsiders Say
Oakland coach Greg Kampe
“He’s an unbelievable player, as good as this league [the Summit] has ever seen, and there have been a lot of great players come through this league. The thing I like about him is his demeanor. He doesn’t get rattled, doesn’t show emotion. He’s got to be a joy to coach. He’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime kids.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.