ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State's Nate Wolters earned selection to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-America Third Team as selected by member coaches of the NABC.
Wolters is The Summit League's first Coaches' All-America honoree. His recognition also ties for the highest men's basketball All-America honor in league history, equaling the third team status collected by Valparaiso's Bryce Drew as a Basketball Times All-America selection in 1997-98.
The 2012-13 Summit League Player of the Year, Wolters ranks fourth nationally in scoring at 22.3 points per game. He is 22nd in NCAA Division I in assists per game (5.8) and assist/turnover ratio (2.51). Wolters also owns the highest Division I scoring output this season with 53 points (Feb. 7 at Fort Wayne), an outburst that netted him the Capital One Impact Performance of the Week award.
Wolters led his team to its first regular season Summit League Championship and a second consecutive tournament title and NCAA berth. In The Summit League Championship game, Wolters scored 27 points and recorded six rebounds, six assists and four steals in his MVP performance. During the season, he set a Summit League record with seven Player of the Week honors.
The 2012-13 campaign marked the second consecutive year that Wolters achieved the rare season average combination of 20 points, five assists and five rebounds per game. He finished the year averaging 22.3 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
Wolters is in a select group of players who reached 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists during their NCAA careers.
2013 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
Trey Burke, Michigan, 6-0, 190, Sophomore, Guard, Columbus, Ohio
Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-8, 225, Junior, Forward, Ames, Iowa
Otto Porter, Jr., Georgetown, 6-8, 205, Sophomore, Forward, Morley, Mo.
Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 6-5, 214, Junior, Guard, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7-0, 238, Junior, Forward, Kamloops, B.C., Canada
2013 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Shane Larkin, Miami, 5-11, 176, Sophomore, Guard, Orlando, Fla.
Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6-5, 185, Freshman, Guard, St. Louis, Mo.
Mason Plumlee, Duke, 6-10, 235, Senior, Forward, Warsaw, Ind.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 225, Freshman, Guard, Flower Mound, Texas
Cody Zeller, Indiana, 7-0, 240, Sophomore, Forward, Washington, Ind.
2013 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
Allen Crabbe, California, 6-6, 210, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Calif.
Russ Smith, Louisville, 6-0, 165, Junior, Guard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6-7, 215, Junior, Forward, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Jeff Withey, Kansas, 7-0, 235, Senior, Center, San Diego, Calif.
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, 6-4, 190, Senior, Guard, St. Cloud, Minn.
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Fort Wayne, IUPUI, Kansas City, North Dakota State, Oakland, Omaha, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Known as the Mid-Continent Conference until 2007, The Summit League enjoyed unprecedented success during a 2011-12 campaign that included an all-time best final RPI ranking, the highest home attendance in league history, the most teams in postseason tournaments, a record total of all-district honorees and the NCAA scoring champion. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org and follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.