Nate Wolters’ agent, Jared Karnes, emailed this to me earlier today. It’s an opinion piece on what he thinks about his client. Obviously, Mr. Wolters is good people. Here is the well-written piece:
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT THIS YEAR’S DRAFT
You should care about this year’s NBA Draft.
Never been a big fan of the NBA? No problem. Don’t feel connected to the supersized or freakishly athletic players? Feel like the money, fame, and ego creates a huge disconnect between you and “them”? Feel like the business side of basketball has ruined the purity of the sport? This draft has you covered.
Someone like you is in the draft. Well, he may not be quite like you in the way he handles the ball under pressure, penetrates defenses with seeming ease, shoots, and passes, all in front of thousands of fans. But, he is still like you.
He is not 6’9, with the wingspan of a condor. He isn’t the product of the AAU world, where cash and handshake deals are as common as Chicago politicians going to jail.
He gets up in the morning and is thankful. For his family, his health, his friends, his opportunities. He talks with his dad, mom, sisters. His family all works, too. On Sundays, he goes to church. After church, and every morning, he goes to work. Hard. If anyone approaches him to talk, he always stops and talks. He comes home, careful about what he eats, preferring salmon or pasta to a cheeseburger. Lots of pasta. He watches sports on television, jokes with his friends, then often goes back to work. He may get on Twitter, he may not. Often, my client will then call me and ask about…wait for it fellow agents… me and my family. Finally, he goes to bed. Not in L.A., Miami, or New York. His hometown is better known for producing several feet of snow than producing NBA players. Was never a high school All-American. Wasn’t heavily recruited out of college. Wasn’t a one-and-done player. He stayed. He is “everyman’s player.” The “favorite son” of St. Cloud, Minnesota, and favorite adopted son of Brookings, South Dakota, where he spent the last few years at South Dakota State.
Teams love his potential and are drawn to his “basketball IQ,” a phrase used by scouts and analysts. It basically means he is smart. He doesn’t make stupid decisions and is very efficient. He is a true, pure point guard, who operates in and out of the pick and roll set with ease. He can score when the team needs it, but prefers to create.
Mock drafts and scouts project him all over the place. Some believe he can sneak into the first round. Others wonder if he can guard the faster point guards, and believe he could be picked anywhere in the 2nd round.
Regardless of where he is chosen, he will find himself in the NBA. And he will remain the same. He will be thankful. He will pack his bags and head off to a new city, a new opportunity, with the support of two great cities and states behind him. Two communities he will never forget. Then, he will get up, and go to the gym and work. Hard. He will do everything he can to be the best teammate he can be. He will do everything he can to be the best person he can be. Whether you follow sports or not, he will renew your interest in the NBA. He will inspire countless numbers of kids all over the country and possibly beyond. And remind them that anything is possible.
He is Nate Wolters. And he is why you should care about the NBA.