Nate Wolters Returns to South Dakota for NBA Pre-Season Game with Milwaukee Bucks
That was the scene Thursday night as Nate Wolters was introduced to a big South Dakota basketball crowd, but not as the standout Jackrabbit point guard, but as an NBA rookie with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The man responsible for the decision to start Wolters was Bucks head coach Larry Drew:
Wolters found out at Thursday morning's shoot around that he'd be in the starting lineup, and he enjoyed the moment:
As for Thursday's game, Wolters played 20 minutes, scoring 20 points while grabbing two rebounds, and dishing out a pair of assists.
It was Wolters' second outing of the pre-season, he scored just two points in 12 minutes in game one against the Cavaliers Tuesday:
A few weeks of working out with NBA players on a daily basis and now playing two games against professional talent has been a real eye opening experience for Wolters:
The second round draft pick is trying to find a spot for himself on a team that is returning just four players from a squad that was eliminated in the first round of the playoff by the Heat last season.
His coach makes it sound like Wolters is here to stay:
It may have just been a pre-season game for the players and coaches, but it was a historic night for local sports fans, with the first basketball game in the brand new 3,200 seat Sanford Pentagon.
Both Wolters and Drew agree, the setting was impressive:
The Bucks continue the pre-season Saturday at home with Charlotte.
The regular season tips off at Madison Square Garden in New York, when the Bucks play the Knicks October 30th.