SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Nate Wolters has selected an agent, relocated from South Dakota to central Florida and spends a good chunk of each day training.
Yes, the next stage of his basketball career is off to a solid start.
"It's a dream job, obviously," the South Dakota State senior point guard told the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/17sYY2g). "If basketball's the hardest thing I've got to do all day, that's a pretty good life."
Of course, this is a transitional situation for the leading scorer (2,363) and assist-maker (669) in Jackrabbits history.
Earlier this month, the Minnesota-born Wolters chose an agent: Jared Karnes of Allegiant Athletic Agency (also known as a3) in Knoxville, Tenn. The 35-year-old was a guard at Belmont University — a program SDSU faced this season — before becoming a lawyer. He's the executive vice president and director of basketball operations at a3.
Karnes got Wolters set up in Bradenton, Fla., lining up an apartment and a training home — the renowned IMG Academy. Wolters is doing daily workouts so far consisting of five segments ranging from agility to communications class and basketball. He's part of a group of 5-6 NBA hopefuls, the most notable being Adonis Thomas of Memphis.
A basketball junkie, Wolters is in hoops heaven with the all-day training. He's especially focused on getting stronger, tightening his handle and quickening his release in advance of private workouts for teams or the NBA Combine in Chicago in mid-May — should he be invited. The two-round draft is set for June 27.
That's where Karnes comes in.
While Wolters declined an invitation to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a proving ground for borderline draft prospects, Karnes attended the event in order to meet with NBA general managers and team officials. It was part of the complicated process of putting together a schedule of the private workouts that are likely to begin in 3-4 weeks. Timing and geography have to be considered just like fit and draft order — and that won't truly be set for some time. The draft lottery is May 21 and early entry prospects have until June 17 to take their names out of the pool.