MADISON, Wis. For as long as Sam Dekker has been playing basketball, he's been a scorer. Pull-ups over smaller players, dribble drives to the rim against bigger players, the results have all been the same: ball through hoop.
Dekker, Wisconsin's standout freshman forward, has created a simple formula, really. If you have the confidence to take the shot, there's a good chance you'll make the shot. So perhaps we shouldn't be surprised by the tremendous impact Dekker has made on the Badgers in just six games.
"It's been something I've been able to do my whole life," Dekker said. "Just put the ball in the hoop. It's just something that comes naturally to me."
Dekker, the 6-foot-7 Sheboygan native, is third on the team in scoring (11.5 points per game) despite coming off the bench and playing the seventh-most minutes on the team. He leads the Badgers among players in the regular rotation in 3-point shooting percentage at 50 percent (10 for 20), and he is shooting 53.2 percent from the...