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Wolters selected in NBA Draft, traded twice


BROOKLYN, N.Y (KWSN) - With the 38th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards selected South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters, who was traded to Philadelphia and then later to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Wolters joins a group of seven other South Dakota State men’s basketball players selected in the NBA draft, and becomes the first since 1981, when the Washington Bullets selected Steve Lingenfelter with the 44th overall pick in the second round.

The all-time leader in points, assists and free throws made at South Dakota State, Wolters earned third team All-America honors from the Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Basketball Times following his senior campaign, when he helped lead the Jackrabbits to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.

Wolters also recorded the NCAA’s highest scoring game of 2012-13 with 53 against Fort Wayne, which set both an SDSU single game and Summit League record for a regulation game. In reaching the record 53 points, he also broke and SDSU single-game record with nine 3-pointers.

For the season, 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 became the first player this century and only the third since the NCAA began keeping assists as an official statistic in 1983-84 to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in two separate seasons. He also falls into a category of just six NCAA players to achieve 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists in a career and with his 2,363 points being the highest scoring total of that elite group. 

Despite being drafted, Sutton, Jacobsen, Mackner, Duarte and Colburn never played a game in the NBA.

Drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in 1964, Black didn’t play in the NBA until 1970, when he signed as a free agent with the Seattle Supersonics, under head coach Lenny Wilkens, where he played in 55 games before being waived.

Black played his final 16 NBA games with the Cincinnati Royals under head coach Bob Cousy, who claimed Black off waivers in February 1971. Black averaged 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game in his lone season in the league.

Black played just one year in the league, but played for two coaches who would end up in the Basketball Hall of Fame; Wilkens was enshrined in 1989, 18 years after Cousy, who gained induction in 1971.

Lingenfelter saw action in 10 games over two years in the NBA, playing seven games with the Washington Bullets in 1982-83, scoring eight points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game.

After more than a year out of the league, the San Antonio Spurs signed Lingenfelter to a 10-day contract in February 1984. In three games with the Spurs, he scored two points and grabbed four rebounds, averaging just 4.7 minutes per game.

The Spurs waived Lingenfelter on March 5, 1984, and he never played in the NBA again.

Courtesy: South Dakota State University