Wisconsin Badgers forward Sam Dekker announced Friday that he will join teammate Frank Kaminsky in the 2015 NBA Draft. Dekker will attempt to ride the momentum of a strong NCAA Tournament into a professional career after flying under the radar for much of the 2014-15 season.
The Sheboygan, Wisconsin native quietly averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest rising to 15th on the school’s all-time scoring list.
“These past three years have been the best, most memorable years of my life,” Sam Dekker said in a letter. “Growing up in the state and being able to wear Wisconsin across my chest has been a dream come true.
“After lots of thoughts and prayers, I’ve decided that it is in my best interest to enter the NBA Draft at this time. It is difficult to leave Madison and the only state I’ve called home, but I’m excited for the next chapter of my life.”
Dekker is almost unanimously viewed as a first round selection, and the decision comes rather easily as head coach B0 Ryan will have to drastically change the dynamic of the roster without Kaminsky in the lineup.
The junior seemed to elevate his game against some of the NCAA Tournament’s finest competition, pouring in 25 points against both the Arizona Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels earning him the region’s Most Outstanding Player.
After the strong tournament, a series of impressive workouts could allow Dekker to rise even further possibly into the lottery portion of the Draft.
Still, Sam Dekker must prove that at just 6-foot-7 he’s capable of playing against NBA caliber athletes and can contribute to a franchise immediately.
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