Dekker is an interesting case. He wasn’t the typical Wisconsin basketball player. He came from Sheboygan Area Lutheran in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to the Badgers as a 5-star recruit. He could’ve gone anywhere, but he wanted to play for his home team and committed early.
According to 247, he’s the second-highest rated recruit Wisconsin ever signed just behind Brian Butch. Wisconsin has been in talks with other big-time recruits before and after Dekker came to Madison but Dekker’s decision seemed to turn a new page over for the program.
In Dekker’s three years in Madison before entering the NBA Draft and becoming a first-round selection of the Houston Rockets, the Badgers went to two Final Fours and played for a national championship.
Dekker’s role in those historic runs will never be forgotten either. Facing Arizona in the Elite Eight for the second year in a row, Dekker lit up the scoreboard for 27 points and buried dagger three after dagger three. Arizona never got their revenge and Wisconsin went on to get theirs against Kentucky in the Final Four where Dekker contributed a smooth 16 points.
Dekker was an atypical recruit and an outstanding player in his time in Madison. He’s currently enjoying a successful NBA career, which he deserves.