"Ideally, we want to prioritize the teams and the possible situations for him, evaluate the schedule to make sure he's getting sufficient rest so he can recover, as well," Karnes said. "We want his performance to be at a peak when we have those high-priority teams."
How did Wolters end up with the a3 team?
Karnes just started showing up to games — probably 6-7 during the season. He had no prior relationship with Wolters or anyone around him, but wound up being impressed by his talent and support system. The two got along well enough through the process that the SDSU staff wasn't surprised that Wolters chose a3 from a group of four agencies that made Power Point presentations in Brookings.
The two attended a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game recently.
"I was just comfortable talking with him," Wolters said. "He seemed like a really good guy with good morals."
Karnes has an important job, too, given that there doesn't seem to be a clear consensus among draft pundits about the 6-foot-4 Wolters, the only NCAA Division I player in the last 30 years to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in two different seasons. ESPN.com has him ranked 87th among available players, while DraftExpress.com places him 41st.
Every NBA team scouted Wolters at least once during the regular season; the first impression has been made. Now, it's all about prepping for on-court interviews.
"Nobody has a crystal ball — nobody can tell what the next few weeks will bring," Karnes said. "We expect him to continue to move up. He's training and working hard. He has a great system around him with support and his family and his agency.
"Whether he's drafted first or 60th, he's going to contribute whatever the team needs."