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‘Too good to pass up on’: Wittler commits to Dakota Wesleyan

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Sully Buttes guard Nick Wittler puts up a shot against White River's Nick Sayler last season at the Class B state tournament in Aberdeen. (SDPB Photo)

Nick Wittler was sold after one visit to the Corn Palace.

The Sully Buttes guard was among the 3,089 fans for Dakota Wesleyan University’s win over rival Mount Marty in the Great Plains Athletic Conference semifinals on Feb. 29.

“I feel like I got the full effect and got to see what the next four years of my life could be like,” Wittler said. “It was too good to pass up on.”

Wittler didn’t pass on the opportunity and tweeted his intentions on Tuesday to play basketball for the Tigers. He picked DWU after mulling over his options at the University of Mary and Morningside College.

“The biggest thing is just the culture, the environment and the people,” Wittler said about picking DWU. “Those three things are big checkmarks for me and it was just something I want to be a part of.”

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Wittler, an all-state selection in basketball and football, briefly considered playing college football. But opted for basketball after deciding he loved it a little bit more than football.

Wittler is averaging 23.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game for the Chargers. He has 1,616 career points for Sully Buttes, which qualified for the state tournament prior to the season being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Chargers have qualified for each of the past four state tournaments with Wittler on the roster.

A 6-foot-1 guard, Wittler said he’s comfortable playing any of the guard spots and said he’s willing to contribute in any way he can.

“I think I can play any of the positions 1-through-3 and I feel like that’s something that benefits me,” Wittler said. “I can handle the ball if I need to. I can play off the ball and I feel like that will be helpful.”

Wittler showed a willingness to deliver in big moments for the Chargers. He helped spark a fourth-quarter rally in their state title win over Clark/Willow Lake in 2018. The heady guard also erupted for 40 points against Potter County this season, including 25 in the second half and all 18 Charger points in the fourth quarter.

“It just feels like once it gets down to it, I want to be the guy with the ball in my hands,” Wittler said. “I want to take the shot and my teammates trust me.”

Wittler plans on specializing in pre-chiropractic education while at DWU and intends on getting into chiropractic school in the future.

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