Nate Wolters

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Nate Wolters
No. 6 – Milwaukee Bucks
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-05-15) May 15, 1991 (age 23)
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school St. Cloud Tech
(St. Cloud, Minnesota)
College South Dakota State (2009–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall
Selected by the Washington Wizards
Pro career 2013–present
Career history
2013–present Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards

Nate Wolters (born May 15, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He played college basketball at South Dakota State University and was an All-American for the Jackrabbits in 2013. He was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 38th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.[1]

College career[edit]

Wolters, a 6'4" point guard from Technical Senior High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota, chose South Dakota State over Colorado State and North Dakota State[1] after averaging 24.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a senior.[2] As a freshman, Wolters played in all 30 games for the Jackrabbits, starting 11. For the season he averaged 10.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game and was named to The Summit League all-newcomer team[2] In his sophomore season, Wolters moved into the starting lineup full-time and became one of the conference's top players. He averaged 19.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists. He led the league in assists and helped the team to a 19–12 record—the program's first winning season as a member of NCAA Division I.[1]

As a junior, Wolters led the team to more new territory. The team finished the 2011–12 season with a 27–7 record, finishing second in the Summit League regular season. The second-seeded Jackrabbits beat Western Illinois 52–50 in overtime to advance to their first Division I NCAA Tournament. Wolters was named tournament Most Valuable Player.[3] In the NCAA Tournament, #14 seed South Dakota State played third-seeded Baylor in a tightly-contested game, ultimately losing 68–60.[4] Individually, Wolters averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 assists (again leading the conference) and 5.1 rebounds per game. He was named first team all-conference and an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.[5]

Entering his senior season, Wolters was named preseason Summit League player of the year.[6] He also was named to the preseason watch lists for the Senior CLASS Award[7] and the Naismith College Player of the Year award. He also made the midseason lists for the Wooden Award (final 25 candidates)[8] and the Bob Cousy Award (final 20).[9] On January 18, 2013, Wolters surpassed the 2,000 point mark for his college career in a win against Western Illinois.[10] Wolters led the Jackrabbits to their second NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in 2013. A No. 13 seed, they played No. 4 seed Michigan, losing 71-56.

Year Games played Games started Minutes/game Points/game Rebounds/game Assists/game
2009–10 30 11 24.3 10.1 3.4 2.9
2010–11 31 31 33.2 19.5 4.6 6.1
2011–12 34 34 35.8 21.2 5.1 5.9
2012–13 33 33 38.1 22.3 5.6 5.8

Professional career[edit]

Wolters was selected with the 38th overall pick in 2013 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. He was later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers on draft night. The next day, he was again traded, this time to the Milwaukee Bucks.[11] In July 2013, he joined the Bucks for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On August 1, 2013, he signed with the Bucks.[12]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Milwaukee 58 31 22.6 .437 .290 .656 2.6 3.2 .6 .3 7.2
Career 58 31 22.6 .437 .290 .656 2.6 3.2 .6 .3 7.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Norlander, Matt (November 20, 2012). "The next cult hero: How Nate Wolters put himself, South Dakota State on the map". CBSSports.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Nate Wolters athletic biography". South Dakota State athletics. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "SDSU Wins First Summit League Men's Crown". The Summit League. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Baylor withstands South Dakota State's challenge". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Morrison and Wolters Receive AP All-America Awards". The Summit League. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "South Dakota State, Wolters Headline Preseason Poll Results". The Summit League. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Men's and women's basketball candidates announced for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award". Senior CLASS Award. October 31, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's 2012-13 Midseason Top 25". Wooden Award. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Final 20 Candidates Announced for 2013 Bob Cousy Award". Naismith Memorial Basketball HOF. January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Wolters passes 2,000 point mark as South Dakota State beats Western Illinois". St. Cloud Times. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bucks Acquire Draft Rights to Nate Wolters". NBA.com. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ Bucks Sign Second Round Pick Nate Wolters

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