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.