NBA Draft jottings

So … much … happened surrounding South Dakota State star Nate Wolters and the NBA Draft in a matter of about 60 minutes Thursday night. Good grief.

Here are some follow-up notes:

MIlwaukee plans to introduce first-round pick Giannis Antetokounmpo - a Greek forward - at an 11 a.m. press conference today. Wolters will be there, too. It will air on
Here’s more about the young Antetokounmpo.

The first trade involving Wolters, the one that sent him from Washington to Philly, also featured Glen Rice Jr. He faced the Skyforce a couple of times in 2012-13 as a D-League player.
On a related note, the Miami Heat - the parent club of the Force - did not make any draft picks Thursday, but did trade for the rights to draftee James Ennis.

SDSU faced a whole bunch of the 60 players picked over the last few seasons. The list: No. 8 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia); No. 9 Trey Burke (Michigan); No. 20 Tony Snell (New Mexico); No. 24 Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan); No. 34 Isaiah Canaan (Murray State); No. 42 Pierre Jackson (Baylor); No. 53 Colton Iverson (Minnesota - before he moved to Colorado State).

ESPN draft guru Chad Ford on the Wolters selection: I love Wolters; he was the Jimmer Fredette of college basketball this year, but because he was at South Dakota State, few got to see him play. He’s a true point guard who also can really score the basketball. If he can defend anyone, he’ll be another second-round steal.

Some other No. 38 picks you’ve heard of: Doug West, Eduardo Najera, Steve Blake, Chris Duhon and Chandler Parsons. Here’s a longer list.

SDSU now has had a player taken in the NBA Draft (Wolters), WNBA Draft (Megan Vogel), NFL Draft (Danny Batten) and MLB Draft (several) since 2007.
Wolters is the eighth former Jack taken in the NBA Draft - and the third selected by the Wizards/Bullets franchise, following Tom Black in 1964 and Steve Lingenfelter in 1981.
Wolters is also the eighth Summit League player drafted. Three of those have come in the last six years, the others being IUPUI guard George Hill (2008) and Oakland center Keith Benson (2011).

Getting to know key Bucks staffers: GM John Hammond spent three years as a high school teacher and coach in Nebraska before rising up the ranks. Coach Larry Drew signed a four-year deal last month after leading the Atlanta Hawks the previous three seasons. He played 10 years in the NBA, too. Former veteran player Nick Van Exel is an assistant with the club.

Milwaukee’s payroll was $62.4 million in 2012-13. That ranked 26th in the 30-team league.

Plenty more coming in print on Saturday (a follow-up) and Sunday (a look at Wolters’ draft-day experience).

Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.