Last day of coverage of the NBA Draft Combine - I promise:
South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters will not be attending the multi-team event in Brooklyn this week due to the hip flexor issue that popped up this week, he said Sunday night. However, Wolters claims to be feeling better and instead will return to IMG Academy for the week to get treatments.
It was odd to see Wolters wearing shoes that were not part of the SDSU uniform. He was wearing some red Adidas - the Derrick Rose signature model. Does Wolters already have a deal with the company? No - they were given to him last summer at the Adidas Nations Camp in L.A.
How close was Yankton High grad Colton Iverson to ending up playing alongside Wolters at SDSU upon deciding to transfer out of Minnesota? The 7-footer said he “considered” SDSU - plenty of friends were on board with the idea - and spoke with Wolters about the possibility at the time, although he didn’t take a campus visit.
"I didn’t know if I wanted another high-major or mid-major or South Dakota State - stay in state," said Iverson, who wound up at Colorado State. "South Dakota State’s a great school, a great program and it would have been a lot of fun playing with Nate. Just didn’t work out in the end."
Meanwhile, the YHS Class of 2008 may end up with two draft picks in two sports. Iverson is rising up the NBA prospect lists, while prep teammate Layne Somsen is getting interest from scouts as a senior pitcher at SDSU.
Iverson said the two are close friends, and have been comparing notes on the process on a fairly regular basis.
Wolters said that he was disappointed to hear that Oakland is leaving the Summit League this summer. He enjoyed competing against the Golden Grizzlies despite going 0-4 in visits to the OU gym.
Flip Saunders was at the event, one of his first public outings since taking control of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Where are things at with the Wolves potentially entering into a hybrid situation with the Skyforce, the team Saunders used to coach?
"We’ve looked into that," he said. "I think Sioux Falls has to talk to a couple different people and situations. The NBADL is basically the second generation of the CBA. I would say that’s always positive having that kind of developmental situation."
Minnesota is one of three NBA franchises that the Skyforce have pitched about a hybrid relationship.
Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.