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Featured player NATE WOLTERS, South Dakota State Senior guard; 6-4, 190; 22.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.8 spg We were going to tout Wolters as The Best Kept Secret in College Basketball, but then he dropped 53 points on IPFW Thursday night, earning a “SportsCenter” segment and plenty of shout-outs at the Twitter hashtag #natersgonnanate. But this Jackrabbit is also on pace to do something no one has accomplished since the NCAA officially began tracking assists in 1983: average 20-plus points and five-plus assists and rebounds in multiple seasons. So we’ll keep the drumbeat going for Wolters (who followed up with a 36-point outing against Oakland Saturday night), along with four others who are doing a lot of everything for their squads.
Five quotes from Wolters:
On whether, prior to Thursday, he had felt like he could score as much as 53: “No, absolutely not. I mean, the most I ever scored in a game, in high school I had 39, but I’ve had nothing close to this. I mean, it’s something where I never even think about trying to score that much, I just kind of take what the defense gives me.”
On how it feels to put Brookings, S.D., (population: 22,228) on the map: “They love their basketball there, they don’t have a pro team, so we’re kind of their pro team, or big-time college team. So it’s amazing, the fan support.”
On what he needs to work on to play at the NBA level: “I gotta really get my shot off quick, you know, just be smarter than everyone else, because I’m not the most athletic guy.”
On his team’s chances if it makes the NCAA tournament: “You never know, there’s always been mid-majors making runs, and I don’t think there’s any reason why we can’t, if we get hot at the right time.”
On what he does best, apart from basketball: “I would say, just being a genuine person. Just trying to make everyone feel important and just be a good teammate, just be a good friend for people. I don’t really have any special skills other than basketball [chuckles], basketball is what I do. I don’t really have any hobbies. I’m not an outdoorsman or a fisherman or anything like that, like a lot of people from South Dakota are.”
Other notables (all statistics through Thursday)
KYLE Freshman ANDERSON, guard; 6-9, UCLA 235; 9.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.7 spg
Point guard or point forward? Either way, he is also Bruins’ leading rebounder.
MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA, Saint Mary’s Senior guard; 6-4, 190; 15.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.6 apg, 1.2 spg
Reigning WCC player of the year improved after Olympic stint with Aussie squad.
Kentucky Freshman forward; 6-10, 228; 10.6 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 4.6 bpg
Not NERLENS VICTOR as polished OLADIPO, NOEL, as Anthony Davis but still odds-on favorite to go No. 1 in NBA draft.
Indiana Junior guard; 6-5, 214; 13.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.3 bpg
DeMatha grad started as one of Cody Zeller’s sidekicks, now could be team’s MVP.