Sophomore Sam Dekker burst onto the scene last season like few Wisconsin players have. One of four true freshman to start a game under Bo Ryan, Dekker largely played the role of sixth man in 2012-13 and turned in 9.6 points per game. A wildly athletic player, Dekker has the ability and skill to score at the rim and from the outside, shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range during Big Ten play. During UW's Canadian exhibition tour in August Dekker led the team in points (19.4), rebounds (8.2) and assists (3.6).
Dekker has scored in double figures in 46 of 73 career games with the Badgers.
2013 Cancun Challenge Most Valuable Player
2012-13 honorable mention All-Big Ten & Big Ten All-Freshman team
Has played in 47 games (15 starts)
Scored in double figures in 29 of 47 games
One of just four true freshman to start under Bo Ryan (joining Devin Harris, Alando Tucker & Josh Gasser)
Has started first 12 games ... named to the preseason watch lists for both the Wooden and Naismith national player of the year awards ... ranks second among all Badgers and 13th in the Big Ten in scoring (14.3) ... has reached double figures in 10 of 12 games this season ... tied for the team lead in rebounds per game (5.8) ... recorded a pair of double-doubles this season ... ranks second on the team and 14th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.512) ... scored 16 points on 6-of-8 (.750) shooting from the field vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 14) ... earned second career double-double vs. Marquette, tallying 20 points and 10 rebounds ... recorded first career double-double vs. West Virginia (Nov. 26) in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge, scoring 21 points and adding 12 rebounds en route to tournament MVP honors ... tallied 19 points, five rebounds and four assists against North Dakota (Nov. 19) ... scored 16 points vs. Florida (Nov. 12) ... recorded 16 points, seven rebounds and a block in regular-season opener vs. St. John's (Nov. 8).
Appeared in 35 games, making three starts ... earned Big Ten All-Freshman team recognition as well as honorable mention All-Big Ten honors ... two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 14 and March 4) ... one of just four true freshman to start under Bo Ryan (joining Devin Harris, Alando Tucker and Josh Gasser) ... ranked fourth on the team averaging 9.6 points per game ... was the leading scorer (9.4) in conference play among all Big Ten reserves ... ranked seventh in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (.391) ... reached double-figures in nine of the last 12 games ... recorded 14 points and three rebounds in NCAA tournament debut against Ole Miss ... tallied 11 points against Indiana in the Big Ten tourney semifinals ... tied a career-best scoring 19 points with four assists against Nebraska ... scored 13 points and tallied two steals in a career-high 28 minutes against Ohio State ... scored 14 points and tallied four rebounds at Minnesota ... tallied six points, eight rebounds and three steals in first career start at Marquette ... scored 19 points against Arkansas ... netted 16 points vs. Presbyterian ... scored eight points, including a 2-for-3 (.667) effort from 3-point range in his Badgers debut against Southeastern Louisiana
Member of the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team which won the gold-medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in June of 2012
The Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year and a 2012 Parade All-American ... amassed 2,629 career points, finishing as the fourth-leading scorer in Wisconsin high school history ... AP first team all-state, as well as Wisconsin Basketball Coaches' Association's Mr. Basketball award winner as a senior ... averaged a state-best 35.2 points per game while leading Sheboygan Lutheran to the school's first-ever WIAA state title ... scored 40 points in the state championship game, including the game-winning 3-pointer with two seconds left ... shot 58.7% from the field, 35.9% from 3-point range and 71.9% from the free throw line ... 13th-ranked player in the nation following his senior season according to Rivals.com ... posted 15 30-point games as a senior, including four where he scored 40 or more points ... the 2012 McDonald's All-American nominee participated in both the All-American Championship and the Basketball Classic following his senior campaign ... AP second-team all-state pick as a junior after averaging 28.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4 assists
Born in Sheboygan, Wis. ... parents are Todd and Carol ... father, Todd, served as his high school coach at Lutheran ... has two older siblings, John and Hannah ... major is undecided