No matter how it all worked out by the end of the night, the 38th overall pick makes Wolters the highest NBA draft pick in SDSU history, and he looks forward to his new adventure.
"Being drafted to play in the NBA is a dream that I've worked my entire life to achieve," Wolters said. "Milwaukee is a great organization and I am very appreciative for this opportunity. I can't wait to start my career as a Buck."
Along with being 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.
YEAR PLAYER OVERALL PICK ROUND TEAM
1957 Jim Sutton 65 9 Minneapolis Lakers
1961 Don Jacobsen 45 6 Syracuse Nationals
1964 Tom Black 72 9 Baltimore Bullets
1969 Guy Mackner 81 6 Atlanta Hawks
1969 Raul Duarte 160 12 San Diego Rockets
1973 Lee Colburn 58 4 Houston Rockets
1981 Steve Lingenfelter 44 2 Washington Bullets
2013 Nate Wolters 38 2 Washington Wizards
Despite being drafted, Sutton, Jacobsen, Mackner, Duarte and Colburn never played in the NBA
Drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in 1964, Tom 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 13.3 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.