Category: Draft Talk
The Nate Wolters deal everyone heard about yesterday has been made official. Per the Milwaukee Bucks award winning PR Department:
The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired the draft rights to South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters from the Philadelphia 76ers, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Wolters was originally selected by the Washington Wizards with the 38th overall pick in last night’s draft. His rights were subsequently acquired by Philadelphia before being moved to Milwaukee. In exchange for the draft rights to Wolters, the Bucks sent the draft rights to Ricky Ledo, the 43rd overall pick in the draft, and a future second round pick to the Sixers.
Wolters (6-4, 190) played four years of college basketball at South Dakota State University (2009-13), where he left holding school records for scoring (2,353 points), assists (663) and free throws made (644) over his career. He is one of only four players in Division I history to leave school with 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists, and the only player in South Dakota State history to surpass the 2,000-point mark.
Wolters was projected by Draft Express to go 39th, so he fell pretty much in the range that was expected. The guard worked out with the Bucks on June 17 in lieu of the draft. Wolters was excited Friday to be joining the Bucks.
“It was a pretty wide open draft,” he said. “My range was pretty wide, I didn’t know what to expect. Crazy couple minutes I didn’t really know where I was going. I’m sure glad it was the Milwaukee Bucks, I think it was a great fit.”
John Hammond was equally as pleased, even if he was aware of the canned language he was about to use.
“To get Nate in the second round,” he said, “we always say this so pardon me for saying it but I’m going to say it again, we had him on the board as a first round pick. We’re really excited to have Nate, to have a big guard. A 6’4″ point guard. He has a great feel for the game and a great knowledge of how to play the game.”