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SDSU’s Wolters drafted by Wizards, ends up with Bucks

With the 38th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards selected South Dakota State point guard and former St. Cloud Tech standout Nate Wolters, who then traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers, who proceeded to send the Jackrabbits’ all-time leader in points and assists to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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.

Lakeland champ Freiburg set to defend

Rick Freiburg of Monticello begins defense of his Lakeland Golf crown today at the 83rd anniversary of the Willmar tournament. It began in 1931 at the then 9-hole Willmar Golf Club, now Eagle Creek.

Freiburg, 52, toppled defending champion Andy Jacobson of Willmar on the second playoff hole last year to win the two-day, 54-hole tournament.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, 27 had signed up for the championship flight. Entries for the flights and senior championship are down significantly.