While he may not have a household name just yet, Nate Wolters has been one of the best players in the country the last two seasons playing for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Returning for a senior season and another likely NCAA Tournament appearance, scouts are taking notice of Wolters and like his game as a second-round talent.
As a sophomore in 2010-11, Wolters emerged as a complete player, accounting for most of the Jackrabbits' offensive production with averages of 19.5 points per game (.408 3-point percentage), 4.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists and just 2.2 turnovers. But as a junior last season with defenses clearly keying in on Wolters moreso, he was even better. He increased his aggressiveness scoring the ball, upping his average to 21.2 points per game, not a huge jump, but what was in fact impressive was his attacking style in getting in the paint and accepting contact, creating free-throw opportunities. He attempted 240 shots from the charity stripe, making 188 of those, both rates good for 11th in the country last season. Wolters again posted his well-rounded 5.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists (with another low turnover output) and 1.7 steals per game.
At 6'4" and the ability to score the basketball as well as produce team efficiency handling the point, Wolters is one prospect that should become a more talked about name as the college season gets underway.
As a note, in the Adidas Nations' College Counselor game, Wolters scored a game-high 21 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists playing against some of more dynamic guards like Baylor's Pierre Jackson and Memphis' Joe Jackson.