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Former SDSU and Milwaukee Bucks guard Nate Wolters joined Wednesday’s Overtime

Former South Dakota State and Milwaukee Bucks guard Nate Wolters joined Wednesday’s edition of Overtime with Jeff Thurn. 

Wolters finished his rookie season with Milwaukee after being drafted in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft. The former SDSU guard appeared in 58 games and played 22.6 minutes per game. He averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game. Wolters shot 43.7% from the field, 29.0% from beyond the arc, and 65.6% from the charity stripe. He scored a career-high 19 points against Houston on February 8th. His season came to end early when he broke his left hand.

Wolters discusses his rookie season in the NBA: 

“Yeah, I mean it was a good experience. I got a lot of playing time, which a lot of other second round picks weren’t able to get. It was good. Obviously, we didn’t win very much, but it allowed some of the younger guys to get a lot of playing time and I think that will really help us next year and in the years to come. Good, young core coming back for next year. So, hopefully, we can build on our experience from last year and get better.”

Wolters on his biggest adjustment from playing at SDSU to Milwaukee: 

“I would say more than anything just the length of the guys, and obviously the 24-second shot clock. The longer three-point shot. All that is different. I think the main thing for me was getting to play in that many games (58), and the travel is totally different from college. I was getting pretty tired toward the end of the year before I got hurt, just because we had still 15-20 games left. I think next year that really help.”

Thurn asks Wolters how he is recovering from breaking his left hand:

“I feel great now. I’m actually back in Milwaukee. Got back a couple of weeks ago. I’m working out, and am a full-go right now. Hand feels great. It’s good to be healthy again and back shooting and working out.”

Was there any veterans that served as any mentors for Wolters in his rookie season?

“Well, Luke Ridnour, he was with us for about half of the season. He helped me out a lot. It kind of worked out we were the same position, and is a really nice guy and helped me out. He got hurt early on the season, and I was forced into playing time, and he was really encouraging and positive and helped me out. He was kind of the player that that I hope can have the same career he does. It was good to be able to play with him a little bit.”

How far is Milwaukee away from getting back to being competitive again? 

“I think we have a pretty good young core right now that will obviously get better in the next couple of years. We’re going to have the No. 2 pick in the draft this year, add some more pieces next year and keep this group together. I think we could really be competitive and a contender down the road, but it’s going to take time, obviously. I think everyone knows that, and it’s going to be a fun process once we start winning games. I’m looking forward to that.”

To hear more of Wolters interview with Thurn, listen below:

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