Can Wisconsin Badgers' Sam Dekker Be the Best Player In the Big Ten Next Season?

By Trevor Lowry
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The Big Ten is filled with talented players year in and year out and the 2013-14 college basketball season will be no exception. However, can Wisconsin Badgers’ Sam Dekker be the best player in the conference in the upcoming season?

Although this may be pretty bold, considering that Michigan, Michigan State and many other Big Ten teams are filled with talent, Dekker is a very talented player that had a great freshman season.

Dekker put up 9.6 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game last season in just 22.3 minutes per game on average. However, he did manage to shoot 47.8 percent from the field.  It was his 39.1 percent from behind the arc that people should be raving about, though.

Dekker stands at 6’7” and he dropped 50 threes this past season. He definitely saw the court a lot as a freshman, but he should get more playing time as a sophomore.

This is a player that was ranked No. 17 in the 2012 recruiting class, according to ESPN.

Dekker is a very hard player to guard thanks to his size and his abilities on offense alone. Although his name was not the biggest in college basketball this past season, expect it to blowup once the new season starts. Dekker could very easily be the go-to guy on offense for this Wisconsin, which would lead to more points.

I wrote a piece on Dekker breaking out in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but forget about that because he has the talent not to just breakout, but to be the best player in the Big Ten and one of the best in college hoops. The talent is there, now it is time to watch Dekker do work.


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