Nov. 9, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan announced one addition to the men's basketball team Wednesday when Sheboygan’s Sam Dekker signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Wisconsin. A high school senior, Dekker will enroll at UW next year and play basketball for the Badgers beginning in the fall of 2012.
SAM DEKKER (6-8, 215, Forward, Lutheran High School, Sheboygan, Wis.)
A 2012 McDonald’s All-American nominee, Sam Dekker heads into his senior season at Lutheran High School (Sheboygan, Wis.) as the 18th-ranked player in the nation according to Rivals.com.
An AP second-team All-State pick as a junior, Dekker averaged 28.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4 assists last season. 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.
“We’re obviously very excited to have Sam join our program. He brings the entire package to Wisconsin,” Ryan said. “Sam possesses all of the first-class intangibles that you want in someone representing your program on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”
As a sophomore, Dekker also earned first-team all-conference honors and was an AP All-State honorable mention honoree after posting averages of 26.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
“He has been a very active leader in his school, an honor roll student, a National Honor Society member, volunteers for Special Olympics and has served various leadership roles in his church and community,” Ryan added. “He’s truly a great young man.
“From a basketball perspective, his length and skill set will allow him to play different positions and as he develops and adds strength to his frame, he will be a great fit within our system. He’s got a great knowledge base of the game. He can handle the ball like a guard with excellent court vision and passing ability and a perimeter shooting game that has rapidly improved.
“Our staff is really excited about what the future could hold as Sam continues to grow and develop. His maturation and development have exploded since last season which made him the talk of the country this past July during the national AAU events. With extreme hard work and dedication, Sam has made himself into truly one of the elite players in the country in his class over the past 18 months.
“Given the fact that he could have gone just about anywhere he wanted, but decided that he wanted to pursue his dream of being a Wisconsin Badger, is extremely special and a testament to what the players here before him have accomplished. His decision also speaks volumes to how this program, along with the success and development of the players within it, is now viewed from a national perspective.
“Sam’s a first-class young man, with parents, in Todd, who’s also his high school coach, and Carol that have done a fantastic job of setting high expectations for him and holding him accountable at an early age. It definitely paid off for him both on and off the court. Badger fans should be excited to watch Sam grow and develop during his career in Madison. I know he’s ready to have a great senior year at Lutheran and then will be ready take the next step here with his future team.”