A question about the NBA came out of nowhere Friday afternoon, but Sam Dekker handled it well.

Quite simply, the sophomore forward on the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team said he’s focused on his career with the Badgers and nothing else at this point.

“Some people have been saying stuff, but I’m fully content where I am right now,” he said following UW’s practice on Friday. “I’m not planning on going anywhere. I’m enjoying my time at Wisconsin and I’m going to stay here as long as I can.”

Dekker leads the Badgers in scoring at 13.4 points per game and is tied with junior center Frank Kaminsky for the team lead in rebounding at 6.0 per game.

ESPN’s Chad Ford has Dekker at No. 26 on the NBA draft Big Board he released earlier this week.

“While Dekker is a very versatile player,” Ford wrote, “his draft stock will ultimately hinge on whether teams think he can knock down shots from the perimeter.”

That’s been an area Dekker has struggled with at times this season. He’s shooting 32.6 percent from 3-point range on the season and 28.6 percent in Big Ten Conference play.

Dekker was asked if it’s comical at how much his draft stock has fluctuated this season.

“It’s kind of funny the way they say it,” he said. “Some people think I’m leaving or something. I’m not. I don’t even want to think about that, don’t even want to talk about that. I just want to focus on Wisconsin.”

Makes sense. No. 21 UW (20-5, 7-5 Big Ten) returns to action on Sunday against No. 15 Michigan (18-6, 10-2) at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jim Polzin covers Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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(12) comments

hoosierbadger

If he opts he will be in the D League.Who is he going to guard? He can't shoot,there are
a lot of 6''7" athletic kids that can do more then he can.He is a nice player but that is about it

w8rh3wk5

Comparing Dekker to Taylor is a horrible discussion. Taylor was a short, overly muscular PG. His game didnt translate to the nba.

Tucker was the same thing. He was an undersized forward who had no position in the nba.

Dekkers game according to nba experts does translate. He has a position as an athletic SF. He needs to work on his outside shot. But he is for sure a big time nba prospect

bobbyk1950

well they didn't ask Sam Okey or Rashard Griffith for their opinions on Decker "going pro" as a sophomore. nice toss towards the Badgers however that they - being Decker - might be fun to watch in the coming tournaments. then again Jon Bryant went wacko for like 4 games in a row

2Logical

Keith.
Van.
Horn.

Keep working hard Sam!

BUCKYUAZ

It's hard to become interchangeable without adequate playing time. UW needs to go 5 to 6 deep like Iowa. If any starter gets injured before sesson ends we are in trouble.

Galileo

Watch an NBA game (not the Bucks) and tell me he's ready. He isn't.

biasauth
biasauth

I agree. Dekker is no where close to the level of talen Jordan Taylor was in his last two years at UW and he is not playing professionally. Dekker cannot beat his man 1 on 1, jump shot is less than adequate, defense is less than adequate and decision making is still questionable. I am not a scout and I can see there is talent, but not to the professional level that we see from an Adrienne Payn, Gary Harris or Nik Stauskas. Everyone just stop with the NBA and let him get better.

madtowner

Sure hope your right about Anderson because he looks to be the next JP Gavlinski smh

XLBadger

Correction ... 2014 starters ... Kaminsky, Dekker, Hayes, Koenig and Gasser ... Jackson will be in an "equal minutes" rotation with Koenig and Gasser ... Dukan will see more minutes in relief for Dekker and Hayes (but not equal) ... Anderson will finally offer solid backup for Kaminsky ... also, at some point through the season, some of the others may very well be interchangeable under Bo's guidance and tutelage ... and so the Badgers will keep getting better and better.

XLBadger

Badgerfan ... IMO,you are right on target ... Dekker is arguably the most athletic player on the Badgers (at this point in time) yet still has development opportunities/challenges to overcome. Perhaps next year a move to NBA can be reasonably envisioned, but not without his continued improvement that seems to be progressing very well ... another year nonetheless ... he shows flashes of greatness but inconsistently and not on his strengths alone ... his awesome potential may very well be realized after another season with Bo and the Badgers, and yet may be even more valuable with a senior season ... a tough call ... but still another year at Wisconsin ... can't believe how good this team will be next year with all the players returning (except Brust) ... imagine Kaminsky, Hayes, Koenig, Gasser, Jackson as starters with Anderson, Dukan. Dearing, Brown, Hill and newcomer Ethan Happ ... also, Bo's still got a scholarship available and who knows how that may play out ... looking good.

iconoclast

Badgerfan- you should apply for an nba analyst job, because you clearly are an expert.

badgerfan1

Whoever asked Dekker about the NBA was out of their mind. He is the most athletic player on the Badgers but I am amazed anybody even considers him in 26th or the first round. He needs a lot of work on his strength and finishing at the basket not to mention his outside shot. He may get there in a year or two but he does not seem close. I remember when Devin Harris (as a junior) was mwentioned as a NBA draft--he was dominating the Big10 at that time. Likewise with Jordan Taylor when he was mentioned as a junior he was far and away the best guard in the conference that year--unfortunately when he returned as a senior he had lost his surrounding cast and struggled somewhat. Dekker is no where the dominant player in the leaque at this tiime.

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