A pair of basketball players with strong South Dakota ties are headed to the next level.
Nate Wolters of South Dakota State University and former Yankton standout Colton Iverson of Colorado State were both taken in the second round of the National Basketball Association Draft Thursday night.
Wolters, a dynamic point guard, became first SDSU player since 1981 to be selected in the draft when he was picked in the second round with the 38th overall pick by the Washington Wizards. He was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers and then traded to the Milwaukee Bucks before the night ended.
Wolters is a 6-foot-4 point guard from St. Cloud, Minn., who rewrote the SDSU record book this past season. The Associated Press Third-Team All-American finished as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,353 points and all-time leading assist man with 663 assists. He also set school records for most free throws made with 644, points in a game with 53 against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort-Wayne (IPFW), and three-pointers made in a game with nine also against IPFW.
Wolters, who was named the Summit League Player of the Year, was fourth in the nation in scoring (22.3 points per game), 21st in assists (5.8 per game), and 22nd in assists to turnover ratio at (2.51).
Perhaps even more impressive is that Wolters is just one of six men's players in NCAA Division I history to accumulate 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists in his career. He is also only the third player since statistics were kept in 1983-1984 to average 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in two different seasons.
Other SDSU players drafted by NBA squads were Jim Sutton (1957), Don Jacobsen (1961), Tom Black (1964), Guy Mackner (1969), Raul Duarte (1969), Lee Colburn (1973) and Steve Lingenfelter (1981).
Iverson was drafted in the second round with the 53rd overall pick by the Indiana Pacers, who then quickly dealt him to the Boston Celtics. The 7-foot Colorado State center averaged 14.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists this past season while shooting 60 percent from the field. Iverson, who was born in Aberdeen in 1989, began his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota before transferring to Colorado State.
Iverson was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection this past season as well as an AP Honorable Mention All-American.
Iverson's father, Chuck, was a standout player for the University of South Dakota and was also drafted. The elder Iverson was selected by Seattle in the NBA and by Memphis of the old American Basketball Association.