The summer of 2014 will be one Sam Dekker will probably never forget. After attending the Kevin Durant Skills Academy at the end of June and performing well there, Dekker has earned a spot in the LeBron James Skills Academy July 9-12 in Las Vegas, NV.
Dekker will join 29 other top collegiate players as well as 80 of the best high school players in the country.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 3, 2014
Already Dekker is off and running this summer, going from one MVP in Durant to another and arguably one of the best players to play the game in James. But learning from-and even playing against-Durant was a great experience for the Badgers junior. Via Mike Lucas of UWBadgers.com:
Being around a guy (Durant) like that makes you realize that you have to keep working and keep getting better. If all things work out the way they should, there’s a chance I could be playing against him some other time. I just have to keep working hard and keep getting better for our team.
The Sheboygan native is doing some serious work this summer, something I feel is very pivotal to the success of not only Dekker but the entire Wisconsin Badgers team this upcoming season. After losing in the Final Four at the hands of the Kentucky Wildcats just three short months ago, the Badgers return virtually every single piece from last season and enter the 2014-15 campaign as very heavy favorites to return. Oh and one more nugget of information. Apparently Dekker is going through a bit of a growth spurt. While at the Durant camp, Dekker was measured and has apparently grew a couple of inches from a year ago.