30Best: Sam Dekker
A key member of the back to back Final Four teams for the Badgers in 2014 and 2015, Sam Dekker’s breakout performance in the 2015 NCAA tournament boosted his draft stock and helped him climb into the first round as he was selected with the 18th overall pick in the
2015 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Over three years with the Badgers, Dekker was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and second-team All-Big Ten in his sophomore and junior years. During the NCAA tournament his junior year he was named the West Regional Most Outstanding Player after setting career highs in points, first in the Sweet Sixteen and then in the Elite Eight. He also nailed the three that sealed the win in the Final Four against the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. Dekker played only three games in his rookie year, but so far in 2017 he is averaging 7.4 points and just under four rebounds per game for the Rockets.