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15 - Sam Dekker

Wisconsin 

  • Birthday: 5/8/94
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-9
  • Wt: 230
  • Hometown: Sheboygan, WI
  • High School: Sheboygan Lutheran
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Overall

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2015
Mock:  23

NBA Comparison: Kyle Singler

Strengths: A smooth, well rounded swingman, Sam Dekker has shown the ability to both stretch defenses, as well as put the ball on the floor and get to the rim ... He shot a very impressive .391% from 3 point range as a freshman, but saw a bit of a dip as a sophomore (.326%) ... Measures in at 6’9’’ in shoes and tips the scales at 229 pounds, giving he very good size for an NBA small forward ... A very strong finisher at the rim (69.9% in 2013-14) Dekker has the athletic tools and size to dunk through contact and the coordination to make in air adjustments ... Very good at moving without the ball has shown advanced understanding in weaving his way through screens to get open, utilizing backdoor cuts and also at breaking out for a transition dunk ... Also a solid post game allows him to take advantage of mismatches ... Pretty solid rebounder at 6.1 per game and 8.18 per 40 minutes ... Extremely low mistake player ... Only averaged 1.1 turnovers, and 1.4 fouls in just under 30 minutes per game ... A very good system player, who understands the game, and has a versatile enough skill set to do a lot of different things to help his team win.

Weaknesses: Dekker needs to work on creating for himself off the dribble, despite a good understanding of angles and moving without the ball, creating his own shot is an area he needs to continue to develop ... As a mid-range shooter, Dekker only shot 30.2% on 2 point jumpers and continued work on this area of his game will also aid in his shot creation ... Sam is a strong, fluid athlete, but lack of great lateral quickness draws concerns about his ability to defend NBA players out on the perimeter, and a 6’10’’ wingspan isn’t quite long enough to make up for a lack of direction changing speed ... Must continue to get reps on his jumper, showed real potential as a shooter as a freshman, but dipping field goal, 3 point, and free throw percentages as a sophomore must be improved on before NBA teams can really buy him as a marksman ... Can blend in too much, he’s a talented player, but must work on asserting himself as a Junior ...

Overall: Sam Dekker is a an intriguing prospect because of his positional size, basketball IQ, and extremely broad offensive foundation ... Not an elite athlete, but a quick leaper, fluid runner, and certainly adequate by NBA standards ... Last season he was a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none type player ... He has a tendency to blend in too much, but if he can improve on his jump shot and establish himself as more of a go to player in 2014-15 he can cement his status as a first round pick.

Notes: Measured 6’9’’ in shoes, with a 6’10’’ wingspan and 229 lbs at the 2014 Nike Academy. Dekker was both Wisconsin’s Mr Basketball and Wisconsin’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012. A member of the Big 10’s All-Freshman team in 2013, and 2nd team All-Big 10 as a sophomore.

David Ray 8/5/14

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