Dekker Commits to Wisconsin

Sheboygan Lutheran shooting forward Sam Dekker picked up his fifth offer on Monday. On Tuesday, Dekker ended his recruitment.

MADISON - Growing up a fan of Wisconsin, it was Sam Dekker's dream to play for the Badgers. After day one of UW's elite camp on Monday, Head Coach Bo Ryan made that dream come true.

On Tuesday, Dekker confirmed his dream, accepting Ryan's scholarship and becoming UW's first 2012 commit, this according to Dekker's AAU Coach Ritchie Davis.

"For Sam personally, it's a culmination of all the hard work he has put in," said Davis of Dekker, who chose UW over Bradley, UW-Milwaukee, Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa. "He's such a hard work. Never mind the physical stuff of going from 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-7 in a little over a calendar year. You just tie all the different things together with the stuff he does in school with his efforts and determination, it's pretty good.

"What's it do for Sam's school and the Sheboygan Lutheran program is pretty neat, being a smaller high school and have a player of his caliber at that school. Now, he's a Wisconsin Badger. What time of kid is Wisconsin getting? They are getting a competitive kid that is still growing. Many people believe he is a very skilled kid, great athleticism, he is long, can certainly shoot the ball well and he can get the ball on the floor and get places.

"I know Wisconsin is very excited from Coach Ryan down to the assistant coaches and I know Sam's family is really thrilled, too. It's a nice fit and it's all set and done."

A skilled player that has been shooting lights off for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, Dekker averaged 26.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.9 steals per game during his sophomore year.

Badger Nation is scheduled to talk with Dekker later this evening.

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