March 4, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin freshman forward Sam Dekker earned the Big Ten's Co-Freshman of the Week honor, the conference announced on Monday.
Dekker tied a career-high, scoring 19 points while dishing out four assists in a 77-46 win over Nebraska. The Sheboygan, Wis., native recorded 14 of his team-high 19 points in the first half while going 4-for-5 (.800) from 3-point range. He followed that up with a 10-point, three-rebound outing against Purdue on Sunday, which included a 4-for-8 (.500) effort from the field.
Dekker ranks fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (.446) and leads all Sixth Man candidates in scoring (9.4 ppg) during conference play.
The freshman, who has garnered the conference's rookie of the week honor twice this season, is the only Wisconsin freshman to earn the award since the Big Ten debuted the honor in 2010-11.
Dekker has scored in double figures in six consecutive contests and is averaging 9.6 points per game off the bench. He is also fifth among all Big Ten freshman in scoring. Dekker shares the freshman of the week honor with Indiana's Yogi Ferrell.