Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Sr., G, St. Cloud, Minn.
Wolters earned his 12th career award and fourth this season after leading his team to a pair of victories, including a win at first-place Western Illinois. In a rematch of last year's Summit League Championship Game, Wolters led all scorers with 22 points while adding six assists, five rebounds and three steals to hand WIU its first league loss and snap an 11-game win streak. Wolters' 22 points were the most scored by a Summit League player this season against the Leathernecks, who entered the game with the nation's No. 4 scoring defense (52.2 ppg), while his three steals accounted for half of the WIU turnovers. Two nights later, Wolters scored 12 points, dished out seven assists against just one turnover, and pulled down six rebounds at IUPUI. He also added two steals and a blocked shot against the Jaguars. Wolters averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds for the week and surpassed the 2,000 career points mark.
Also nominated: Frank Gaines, Fort Wayne; Estan Tyler, Kansas City; TrayVonn Wright, North Dakota State; Drew Valentine, Oakland; John Karhoff, Omaha; Casey Kasperbauer, South Dakota; Ceola Clark III, Western Illinois.
Previous honorees: Nov. 10 – Nate Wolters, South Dakota State; Nov.19 – Corey Petros, Oakland / Nate Wolters, South Dakota State; Nov. 26 – Taylor Braun, North Dakota State; Dec. 3 – Ceola Clark III, Western Illinois; Dec.10 – Taylor Braun, North Dakota State; Dec. 17 – Tony Fiegen, South Dakota State; Dec. 24 – Nate Wolters, South Dakota State; Dec. 31 – Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State; Jan. 7 – Duke Mondy, Oakland / Terell Parks, Western Illinois; Jan. 21 – Estan Tyler, Kansas City.
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