Bo Ryan usually doesn’t like freshmen and he certainly doesn’t like talking up freshmen but things are different with Sam Dekker. With Dekker Ryan is willing to be openly positive if not precisely effusive. The coach’s biggest bit of praise for the former Sheboygan star, whom Ryan had a chance to work out recently, involved Dekker’s agility and nimbleness. Ryan said Dekker is able to pull off “unorthodox moves,” much like former Wisconsin stars Alando Tucker and Devin Harris. Ryan also said he believes Dekker is strong enough to compete with the older players on the team.
Dekker stepping in and being huge for the Badgers would be, well, huge for the Badgers. With Jordan Taylor gone it’s hard to see where the offense is going to come from (though the team might actually be better defensively without Taylor who was often a liability particularly against the pick-and-roll), but if Dekker can burst on the scene in a big way that offensive gap should close up considerably. We know the Badgers will be tough on D and will execute with precision. Now all we need to know is, who the hell is going to play point guard?