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South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters is Summit League Player of the Year

Nate Wolters, South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Robby Gallagher/South Dakota State University

He’s ending the season right where he began.

South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters, the pre-season Player of the Year in the Summit League, is now officially the Player of the Year for the 2012-2013 season, according to a poll of conference head coaches, sports information directors, and select media members.

The senior from St. Cloud, MN Wolters, SDSU’s initial Player of the Year selection, led the league in scoring (23 points per game), assists (6 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (2.5) for the season. He ranks fourth in the NCAA in scoring average and collected a  record seven Player of the Week honors, including an unprecedented run of three consecutive in February. He is on pace to become the first player in NCAA history to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds per game in two separate seasons.

Wolters is The Summit League’s active career leader in six categories (points, assists, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made and free throws attempted) while ranking second in rebounds.  He also set the all-time South Dakota State career scoring mark this season.

Oakland’s Duke Mondy is the Newcomer of the Year, Western Illinois’ Terell Parks is the Defensive Player of the Year, North Dakota State’s Mike Felt is the Sixth Man of the Year, and Western Illinois’ Jim Molinari is Coach of the Year.

The All Summit League First Team

G – Nate Wolters – South Dakota State

G – Travis Bader – Oakland                           

F – Marshall Bjorklund – North Dakota State

G – Ceola Clark III – Western Illinois

G – Frank Gaines – Fort Wayne 

The Summit League Tournament begins in Sioux Falls Saturday.


Terell Parks, Western Illinois                     F/C    Sr.

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