A preseason Wooden Award and Naismith Award candidate, Sam Dekker produced a junior season worthy of consensus 2015 Second-Team All-Big Ten selection and a postseason outburst that earned him 2015 NCAA West Region's Most Outstanding Player recognition. The homestate athlete from Sheboygan led the Badgers back to the Final Four for a second-consecutive season, and in 2015 took it one step further in reaching the national championship game. Dekker averaged 19.2 points, 57.1% FG ad 41.7% 3FG in six NCAA tournament games, second only to teammate Frank Kaminsky among tournament participants. The postseason run included Dekker's first double-double of the season (23 points, 10 rebounds) in the Sweet 16 against North Carolina, followed by a masterful performance in the Elite Eight vs. Arizona in which Dekker scored a career-high 27 points, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor and 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the second half. After a summer impressing at both the Kevin Durant and LeBron James Skills Academies, Dekker carried momentum into the 2014-15 campaign and became just the eighth player in UW history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in just three seasons. He finished his UW career ranked 15th with 1,363 career points.
Dekker's combination of a 6-foot-11 frame and explosive athletic ability made him one of the toughest match-ups in the league. Dekker flashed his ability to score both at the rim and from the outside early on last season, taking home Cancun Challenge MVP honors after his 21-point, 12-point rebound performance in the championship game against West Virginia. Dekker made a name for himself prior to his arrival in Madison, winning a gold medal with Team USA at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in 2012.
Dekker finished ranked 15th in Wisconsin Basketball history with 1,363 career points.
• 2015 NCAA West Region's Most Outstanding Player
• 2015 Second Team All-Big Ten
• 2015 Julius Erving Award finalist
• 2015 USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List
• 2015 Preseason Wooden Award Candidate
• 2015 Preseason Naismith Award Candidate
• 2015 Preseason All-Big Ten
• 2014 Second Team All-Big Ten
• 2013 Cancun Challenge MVP
• 2014 USBWA All-District
• 2013 Big Ten Honorable Mention
• 2013 Big Ten All-Freshman Team
• Appeared in 113 career games (81 starts)
• Ranks 15th in UW history with 1,363 career points
• Had 78 career double-digit scoring games; nine 20+ point games
• One of four UW freshmen to start a game under Bo Ryan (Devin Harris, Alando Tucker, Josh Gasser)
Started all 40 games ... the consensus 2015 Second-Team All-Big Ten honoree ranked second among Badgers averaging 13.9 points per game, while shooting 52.6 percent from the field (second on UW) ... scored in double figures 32 times on the season, including 20+ points in six outings ... scored a career-high 27 points (8-11 FG, 5-6 3FG) with a perfect 6-6 FG, 5-5 3FG second half in the Elite Eight vs. Arizona (3/28) and was named 2015 NCAA West Region's Most Outstanding Player ... recorded his first double-double of the season in the Sweet 16 vs. North Carolina (3/26) with 23 points (10-15 FG) and 10 rebounds ... had 17 points, five rebounds in the Round of 32 vs. Oregon (3/22) ... racked up 22 points (9-13 FG, 3-6 3FG), plus five rebounds at Penn State (2/18) ... scored 21 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3FG) and added eight rebounds at Nebraska (2/10) ... had a game-high 17 points (6-9 FG, 2-4 3FG), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block vs. Iowa (1/20) ... tied a then-career-high four 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 16 points, plus seven rebounds, at Northwestern (1/4) ... tallied 17 points (7-10 FG) and five rebounds to lead the Badgers vs. Penn State (12/31) ... scored a team-high 17 points with five rebounds, three assists and two blocks vs. Nicholls (12/13) ... led UW with 17 points, including 10 in the second half alone, plus six rebounds to spark a 68-65 comeback win over Georgetown (11/27) ... recorded 19 points with four rebounds against Green Bay (11/19) ... scored 18 points (7-10 FG, 2-4 3FG), with four rebounds vs. Chattanooga (11/16).
Started all 38 games ... a second-team All-Big Ten honoree (media) and third-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches) ... one of just four Big Ten players named to the Wooden Midseason Top 25 list ... appeared on the Naismith Award Preseason Watch List ... ranked third among all Badgers and 19th in the Big Ten in scoring (12.4) ... reached double figures 29 times ... finished second on the team and ninth in the conference in rebounds per game (6.1) ... recorded five double-doubles this season and a trio of 20-point games ... finished the season second on the team (min. 300 field goal attempts) and 14th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.467) ... averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game during the NCAA tournament ... posted a 15-point, four-rebound outing in the Final Four against Kentucky (April 5), including an 8-for-8 (1.000) effort from the free throw stripe ... tallied 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists against Oregon (March 22) in the third round of the NCAA tournament ... scored 16 points and added seven rebounds, three blocks and two assists against Indiana (Feb. 25) ... recorded fifth double-double of the season at Iowa (Feb. 22), recording 15 points and 11 rebounds ... poured in 15 points and nine rebounds at Michigan (Feb. 16) ... tallied 16 points, four assists and drained a career-high four 3-pointers at Illinois (Feb. 4) ... had a 20-point, six-rebound outing at Minnesota (Jan. 22), including a 7-for-8 (.875) effort from the free throw stripe ... tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds in a career-high 37 minutes of action against Michigan (Jan. 18) ... scored 17 points and added six rebounds against Illinois (Jan. 8) ... produced a double-double against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 28), scoring 16 points and adding 11 rebounds ... earned second career double-double vs. Marquette, tallying 20 points and 10 rebounds ... recorded first career double-double in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge vs. West Virginia (Nov. 26), 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 and seven rebounds 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