BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Nate Wolters, the 2013 Summit League Player of the Year, was drafted in the second round, 38th overall, by the Washington Wizards in the 2013 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. The 6-foot-4 guard from South Dakota State is the third player since 2008 to be drafted directly from The Summit League to the National Basketball Association. Following his selection, Wolters' rights were dealt by the Wizards to the Philadelphia 76ers, who dealt him to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Wolters is the first NBA Draft pick of SDSU's Division I era after earning a trio of third team All-America honors (Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and Basketball Times), best in Summit League history, this past season. The St. Cloud, Minn., recorded the NCAA's highest scoring game of 2012-13 with 53 against Fort Wayne, a mark that was both a school-record and Summit League record for a regulation game. Wolters averaged 22.3 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game during his senior campaign, ranking fourth nationally in scoring and 21st in assists.
Wolters is the first player this century and only the third since the NCAA began keeping assists as an official statistic (1983-84) to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in two separate seasons. He is also one of six NCAA players to achieve 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists in a career and has the highest scoring total (2,363 career points) of that elite group.
Three of the past four Summit League Players of the Year spent time playing in the NBA or the D-League in 2012-13. George Hill, The Summit League's 2008 Player of the Year, was a starting guard for the Indiana Pacers and helped lead the team to a berth in the Eastern Conference Finals in his fifth NBA season.