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Wisconsin Basketball’s Sam Dekker is a Threat To Win the Naismith in 2014-15

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The Wisconsin Badgers will enter the 2014-15 college basketball season as a top team in the country. After all, they made the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA tournament and are basically returning that entire team. Frank Kaminsky got a bunch of buzz during this past tourney, but it is Sam Dekker who everyone should be watching out for in 2014-15.

Dekker is coming off of a season where he averaged 12.4 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. He also managed to shoot 32.6 percent from deep, which was down from his freshman season, but still good. May I remind you that Dekker stands at 6-foot-7.

He didn’t necessarily shine during the Big Dance, but he did manage to save his best for last — scored 15 points against Kentucky in the Final Four on 3-of-4 shooting.

Now, the Badgers aren’t going to rely on one single player to win them games. A stacked team is returning, so they will be expecting a number of different players to score the ball for them.

Kaminsky will naturally get most of the buzz. He does stand at 7-foot-1 and can shoot the long ball (37.8 percent from behind the arc last season). He also led the team in rebounding and scoring last year.

However, Dekker is no slouch. He was ranked No. 17 in the 2012 recruiting class (via ESPN.com), and he was third on the team in scoring in 2013-14.

Dekker has big-game potential and he is going to show that all season long in 2014-15. He was good last year, but if he can take a step forward, he could seriously be in the running for the Naismith, and Wisconsin could win a championship.