Wisconsin has a new member to the Badger family as Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan announced the signing of forward Sam Dekker to the men's basketball team starting in the 2012-13 season. Dekker is the only member of the class and is fulfilling a lifelong dream to play basketball for the Wisconsin Badgers.
Dekker, who is going into his senior season at Lutheran High School in Sheboygan, averaged 28.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and four assists per game as a junior last year. Rivals has him as a five-star prospect and the fifth-ranked small forward and 18th ranked player overall. He was an AP second-team All-State pick last year as well as being the WBCA 2011 Division 5 Player of the Year. He also earned first-team All-Central Lakeshore Conference and Sheboygan Press Player of the Year.
As a sophomore, Dekker averaged 26.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game on his way to being a first-team all-conference selection and an AP All-State honorable mention.
He chose Wisconsin over offers from Northern Illinois, Bradley, UW-Milwaukee, Northern Iowa, among others. As an unknown a few years ago, Dekker was offered by Wisconsin and gave them a verbal and has exploded onto the scene and has skyrocketed up the boards and now lands at No. 18.
The 6-7 small forward oozes with athleticism. He can score from inside and out and has a motor that does not quit, much like current Badgers forward Mike Bruesewitz. He is very versatile and has a basketball IQ, which will help him gain minutes early in his career under Ryan. Dekker can handle the ball like a guard and has excellent court vision. His perimeter shooting has improved immensely over the past few seasons.
He also excells in the classroom, as he is an honor roll student at Lutheran.
Dekker along with four-star LaCrosse Aquinas point guard Bronson Koenig, who gave his verbal for the 2013-14 season to Wisconsin in September, will form a dangerous tandem in the Big Ten and this signing signals good things ahead for the Wisconsin Badgers basketball program.