Wolters, Milwaukee prepare for season

Justin Harned Sports Editor


 season, former SDSU phenom point guard Nate Wolters is getting himself acclimated to life as a player in the NBA. 

Wolters, who spoke Oct. 22 on the “Sports Block” radio show on campus radio station KSDJ, is adjusting to his new job, the point guard is learning the ropes on being and playing like a professional. 

“It’s a totally different level obviously especially coming from a mid-major, it’s definitely a difference, I’ll get it once I get some more playing time and minutes,” Wolters said. “Just the whole experience from the pre-draft to traveling and going all the different places and all that. I am in a pretty good spot here in Milwaukee and I’m really enjoying myself.” 

Wolters, who was originally drafted by the Washington Wizards but the franchise immediately dealt the rights to the all-time leading scorer in school history, over to the Philadelphia 76ers. But Wolters ultimately ended up in Milwaukee to play for the Bucks after a second draft day trade. 

One of the biggest changes the former SDSU star must undergo is the popularity change from being a legend as a Jackrabbit to just being another rookie on the team. Wolters will have to adapt to playing less minutes in a much more competitive atmosphere where the risk of getting cut is the ultimate consequence of poor play. 

“It’s kind of nice actually,” Wolters said. “It’s kind of a change, something I am not used too, my whole career I was always one of the leading scorers on the team, played a lot. It’s different but I’m enjoying the whole process.” 

Time on the court is a luxury for a rookie who needs all the minutes they can get. Soaking up knowledge and gaining experience in the game will be the focus for Wolters who is trying to fit in with his teammates as they figure out their strengths and weaknesses with the start of the season right around the corner. 

“It’s obviously a huge difference … I’d play almost every minute,” Wolters said. “Just a huge adjustment from not playing too much and just trying to get yourself ready when you get the minutes … It’s tough but I’m learning.” 

Perhaps one of the biggest perks for Wolters is the fact he doesn’t have to contend with a challenging college schedule while finding time for a late night session in Frost Arena. 

“It’s definitely pretty nice not having any classes to worry about … we have much longer practices than in college, it’s a full time job,” Wolters said. “There’s really no excuses to not to get up some extra shots and work hard because you have nothing else to do.” 

Wolters believes the Bucks have a strong young core of talent mixed in nicely with some savvy veterans. 

“It’s tough, we’ve only been together for three weeks now,” Wolters said. “Still trying to learn each other and just trying to see what works, right now I think we’re getting better each day and I think the start of the regular season we’ll be alright.” 

Bucks head coach Larry Drew placed Wolters in the starting lineup at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls Oct. 10 allowing Wolters to play in front of his home crowd against the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

“That was a lot of fun,” Wolters said. “The fans have been great to me in South Dakota, probably some of the best years of my life there, a good college experience, the fans were supported the school and my self tremendously.” 

Wolters expects the Bucks to be competitive and make a run into the playoffs. 

Wolters and the Bucks only have one more preseason game until the regular season begins Wednesday, Oct. 30 at one of America’s most famous arenas, Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.