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The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

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.

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