via FSN Wisconsin:
Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker, a 6-foot-7 forward from Sheboygan, Wisconsin has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday morning. Dekker is the first Badgers player to earn the honor in the award’s three-year history.
He has scored in double figures in six of Wisconsin’s last nine games and is fifth among all Big Ten freshmen in scoring. He also ranks sixth in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (41.8 percent).Dekker’s natural scoring and playmaking ability has allowed him to mesh well in Wisconsin’s offense in his first season. Despite playing the sixth-most minutes on the team (22.3 minutes per game), he ranks fourth in scoring (9.3 points) and third in total assists (28).“With Sam, obviously he knocks down a couple 3s, gets loose in transition, he can do those things,” Badgers assistant coach Greg Gard said following Sunday’s practice. “He knows where the offensive end is. The thing is building more consistency and attention to detail on things defensively. He’s getting better. But it’s going to be a growing process.“There’s going to be some growing pains that are associated with it, and as you continue to go through the league more and more film will go out. He’ll get defended a little differently at times. Every time somebody matches him, he’s got to continue to raise the bar on his own game. He’s hungry. He’s young. He’s full of energy. He wants to be good. So he’s on the right track.”