Point Guard, Point Scorer
January 03, 2011 6:04 PM
Nate Wolters is just a sophomore, but already he is the leading scorer for the Jackrabbit men's basketball team. Now, he is also our Taco John's Athlete of the Week.
As a freshman, Nate Wolters played in all 30 games for the SDSU Men's Basketball team, gaining experience that many players his age yearn for. Just one season later, he is already reaping the benefits.
"We knew that he was making a big jump," said Jackrabbit Head Coach Scott Nagy. "He was a good player last year, but we feel like he's the kind of player and the kind of guard that we're gonna need to compete and try to win a Summit League Championship."
Wolters made an impact almost immediately this season, putting up 25 points and nine assists in a win over Iowa. Since then, he has matched or exceeded that point total four times, and helped the Jacks to a stellar 10-4 record.
"Nate is just one of those players who makes the game easy for everybody around him," said teammate Clint Sargent.
Wolters does lead the team in scoring, averaging more than 19 points per game, and he's shooting nearly 50 percent from behind the arc, but as the team's starting point guard, his most important role is as a distributor. He also leads the team in assists and steals.
"We're a great passing team I think," said Wolters. "Even our big guys can pass. I think that really helps. We're all unselfish, don't really care who gets the credit."
Wolters deserves plenty of credit though. He is perhaps the biggest reason for the Jackrabbits' fast start.
"He's a lot more athletic than he looks," said Nagy. "You kinda look at him out there and he's just kinda ho-humming around, but he's a very good athlete, he's very strong and his ball-handling skills are tremendous."
With two and a half seasons still in front of him, Nate Wolters has the potential to be one of the greats to ever take the Frost Arena floor. He's just a sophomore, but Wolters has already proven his worth.