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Detroit Pistons #DraftDreams: Nate Wolters


  • Measurables: 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, senior guard from South Dakota State
  • Key Stats: 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists per game on 49 percent shooting.
  • Projected: Second round
  • Hickory High Similarity Score

Random Fact

Nate Wolters is the reason that people love college basketball. He was a normal looking dude at a mid-major college (with one of the best team names in the country — the Jackrabbits) who just got buckets, as evidenced performances like this one:

“Good grief!” his father, Roger, wrote him after South Dakota State’s 80-74 win over IPFW on Thursday night in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Wolters scored a Division I-best 53 points and connected on a school-record nine three-pointers. The 6-4 guard went 9 for 14 from beyond the arc, 17 for 28 overall and 10 for 11 at the free-throw line.

“I didn’t realize how many I had until after the game, it’s tough to explain. I was definitely feeling it,” Wolters said by phone late Thursday night. “The scoring came in such a barrage at the end. When I heard it was 53, I was like ‘whoa.’ “

Fits with the Pistons because …

With the first of their second round picks, the Pistons would do well to come away with Wolters if they don’t end up taking Trey Burke or C.J. McCollum in the first round. Wolters was certainly a shoot-first guard in college, but that’s OK. He was good at it. Aside from a weird junior year where his three-point shooting dipped significantly, Wolters was 36 percent or better from three in each of his three other college seasons. He’s also a decent passer who took good care of the ball and, at 6-4, he has good size for the point guard position.

Doesn’t fit with the Pistons because …

It’s still unclear what the Pistons are actually looking for in their backcourt. Is Brandon Knight a one or a two or a sixth man who plays both? Are they re-signing Jose Calderon and Will Bynum? What are they going to do with Rodney Stuckey, who Maurice Cheeks seemed to like for some reason during his introductory press conference? I think many fans wouldn’t mind seeing the Pistons blow up the entire backcourt and start from scratch in the draft and free agency, but the team has given indications that some or all of last year’s guard crop could be back in the mix. If that’s the case, there probably won’t be minutes for a player like Wolters.

Also, his clear deficiency is defense. He’s strong and physical, but will probably struggle to stay in front of the league’s quicker guards.

From the Experts:

Chad Ford:

Wolters doesn’t play in a big conference (Summit League), but his huge numbers for the second straight season can’t be overlooked. He also has been pegged primarily as a scoring guard, but his 6.1 assists per game and nearly 3-1 assist-to-turnover ratio prove that he’s more than just a scorer.


On the offensive end, Wolters proved to be one of the most productive players in all of college basketball as a senior, displaying an impressive all around skill set, as his combination of ballhandling skills, scoring instincts, and feel for the game made him very difficult to defend at the college level.

On Film:



  • Jun 26, 20131:51 pm
    by Filo Putz


    The Summit League? I don’t think so!!

  • Jun 26, 20132:08 pm
    by Vic


    If they don’t get Burke, GOTTA hope Nate is there at 37. This guy’s going to surprise guys.


    • Jun 26, 20132:45 pm
      by Filo Putz


      0% chance of him going 37. He played in THE SUMMIT LEAGUE.

  • Jun 26, 20132:16 pm
    by frankie d


    actually, i think wolters will be a solid nba player.  he’ll probably be at least a good lead guard off the bench – like eric maynor did for OKC a couple of years ago – and he could develop into a solid starter on a playoff team.
    i think his ceiling is as a calderone-type PG, while his floor is probably an eric maynor-style bench PG.
    wolters, muscala, jackie carmichal, richard howell are all guys i’d love to see detroit get with their early second round pick.  would add tony snell to that list of possibilities, but i doubt he’ll last past the first round.

  • Jun 26, 20132:26 pm
    by MIKEYDE248


    Will the draft get here already.  I’m afraid if we wait too much longer, my name will apprear in one of these posts.

    Saw this posted on FOX.  http://www.foxsportsohio.com/fox-sports-networks/story/NBA-Mock-Draft-Version-40?blockID=914877&feedID=3725


    1. Cleveland: Alex Len, 7-1, C, Maryland. Stock continues to rise and it’s his turn to go No. 1 in the mock. After all, seems like everyone else has had a chance.

    8. Detroit:
    C.J. McCollum, 6-3, SG, Lehigh. Intelligent, driven and athletic enough. May be a bit small to play the two.

    15. Milwaukee: Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, SF, UCLA. Slasher and scorer whose stock is sliding as the draft nears.

    • Jun 26, 20132:57 pm
      by tarsier


      yeah I heard that the pistons were considering MIKEYDE248 at 56

  • Jun 26, 20132:59 pm
    by tarsier


    Unless the Pistons get a PG at 8 or someone really drops, Wolters would be a fantastic pick at 37.

    • Jun 26, 20133:14 pm
      by Filo Putz


      Have you ever watched a Summit league game?  This is a low major league; Barely div.1.

      • Jun 26, 20133:40 pm
        by tarsier


        And that’s why he’d be in play in the early second round, not the lottery.

        • Jun 26, 20134:15 pm
          by Filo Putz


          You would take him over Ray jr. who was a McDonald all-american and the MVP in a higher level league.

  • Jun 26, 20134:15 pm
    by Todd


    Based on the Similarity Scores alone this kid would be great! His comps are: Eric Maynor, George Hill, Norris Cole, and Damian Lilliard! Now that seems to be just because they all came from mid-to-low major programs, but hey – I would love it if that shoe fit!

    • Jun 26, 20134:23 pm
      by Filo Putz


      The only guy you mentioned from the summit league is george hill. The others played at mid-majors. The odds someone from that league can compete in the NBA are not impossible but really slim

      • Jun 26, 20139:41 pm
        by oats


        There are a lot of good basketball players that went to tiny schools. Dennis Rodman didn’t even play NCAA ball for crying out loud, and instead was in the NAIA. It’s dumb to just completely dismiss every single player from a small school.

        • Jun 26, 201310:23 pm
          by Filo Putz


          It’s Dumb to think that you will find a diamond mining the lower division 1 teams.  Rodman was  was the equivalent of winning the powerball lottery. He’s the exception that proves the rule.And please don’t bring up Gervin who also played NAIA at Eastern. He had talent so obvious that if you had seen him on a playground you would have offered him a contract

          • Nov 25, 201311:22 pm
            by Rod

            Guess you were a BIG WRONG about nate and the summit league. you’re an idiot.

        • Jun 26, 201310:59 pm
          by Filo Putz


          George Hill being from indianapolis played during his summers with the guys from IU, Purdue,  NBA guys. IUP is a known place where high level players train during the off season, You said “a lot of guys from small schools make it to the NBA”. Not trying to be combative but who besides him came from the Summit League?

          • Jun 26, 201311:02 pm
            by Filo Putz

            Bryce Drew is the only other one I can think of.

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