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My Sam Dekker thoughts…….

Posted: 6/21/2014 8:28 PM

My Sam Dekker thoughts……. 


My #1 wish is that he really develops a low post game. With his size and length he has a clear advantage over most small forwards in the country. My only worry is that he seems very unwilling to do this most of the time. Hopefully his continued gains in strength and weight will create more confidence down low. Last year he habitually dribbled away from the post. His desire to work down low needs to increase. It's a nice thing to fall back on when the outside shot isn't falling. I'll take the free throws that come with it as well.

Last edited 6/21/2014 10:24 PM by betrage

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Posted: 6/21/2014 10:11 PM

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My number one wish is that he finishes stronger...way too many missed layins and drives for a guy with his skill set.

My prediction is that he does just that.
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Posted: 6/21/2014 10:36 PM

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His defense and rebounding took a pretty good jump from year one to year two.  I think the same thing happens with his offense this year.  The short video put out by the athletic department certainly seems to show he's muscled up a bit.  He's not huge by any means, but definitely seems to be putting the work in. 

https://vine.co/v/MIpxz7YJr5F
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Posted: 6/22/2014 6:56 AM

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The video shows Sam is developing physically.  His body looks more mature.  Obviously he's putting in the work and it shows.
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Posted: 6/22/2014 8:57 AM

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My wish for Sam is to develop a short range jump shot.  I think that is more doable for him than a low post game.
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Posted: 6/22/2014 9:19 AM

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tmoney went to the site an didn't see anything about sam dekker. what's the 411 on finding the video? is this a hoax?
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Posted: 6/22/2014 9:52 AM

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You just clicked on it the wrong way, t'.  Don't worry, it just shows Sam has beefed up to about 255 now.
tmoneylovesguns wrote: tmoney went to the site an didn't see anything about sam dekker. what's the 411 on finding the video? is this a hoax?

Go Badgers!  On Wisconsin!

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Posted: 6/22/2014 10:03 AM

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255. pssssst please.biggrin
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Posted: 6/22/2014 10:08 AM

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economan wrote: My wish for Sam is to develop a short range jump shot.  I think that is more doable for him than a low post game.
Ding, ding ding,  We have a winner!

Chart Sam's made shots from his first two years and you'll see just about all his baskets were from deep or at the rim.  His mid-range game is non-existent.
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Posted: 6/22/2014 11:37 AM

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jbooshey wrote: My number one wish is that he finishes stronger...way too many missed layins and drives for a guy with his skill set.

My prediction is that he does just that.
I'm with you on this one, jb. He's creative enough that he was getting there last season but the ball wasn't dropping for him. If he finishes better, it will be a big boost to the team as well as Sam.
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Posted: 6/22/2014 1:20 PM

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Dekker as the combination of skills and ability to post.  Just don't think that he was good enough to have him planted in post before Kaminsky or before Hayes on the high post.  As for dribbling the ball out -- I think that means developing the skills to  take the ball to the hoop but when stopped to back his man down or create other options like the short jumper or pass to the open man.  Would add a lot to his game if he developed more assertive option once his dribble drive is stopped.  
betrage wrote: My #1 wish is that he really develops a low post game. With his size and length he has a clear advantage over most small forwards in the country. My only worry is that he seems very unwilling to do this most of the time. Hopefully his continued gains in strength and weight will create more confidence down low. Last year he habitually dribbled away from the post. His desire to work down low needs to increase. It's a nice thing to fall back on when the outside shot isn't falling. I'll take the free throws that come with it as well.
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Posted: 6/22/2014 3:40 PM

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I agree about the need for a better midrange game as well. I think Hayes has shown everybody how valuable both abilities can be when done well. Sam's gonna face smaller players this year a little more often than last if a 2 guard lineup is used more often. I think it's a matchup he has to be able to take advantage of.

Many of us had our own offensive expectations from Sam coming out of HS and i know more than a few have been less than overwhelmed by his actual production. His scoring seems down compared to what we hoped. I  think he's just been limiting himself. He takes away his own scoring opportunities at times in the half court. His scoring mentality seems different than that of Hayes. I would like it to be more similar.
orangejumpsuit wrote: Dekker as the combination of skills and ability to post.  Just don't think that he was good enough to have him planted in post before Kaminsky or before Hayes on the high post.  As for dribbling the ball out -- I think that means developing the skills to  take the ball to the hoop but when stopped to back his man down or create other options like the short jumper or pass to the open man.  Would add a lot to his game if he developed more assertive option once his dribble drive is stopped.  
betrage wrote: My #1 wish is that he really develops a low post game. With his size and length he has a clear advantage over most small forwards in the country. My only worry is that he seems very unwilling to do this most of the time. Hopefully his continued gains in strength and weight will create more confidence down low. Last year he habitually dribbled away from the post. His desire to work down low needs to increase. It's a nice thing to fall back on when the outside shot isn't falling. I'll take the free throws that come with it as well.
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Posted: 6/22/2014 6:06 PM

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orangejumpsuit wrote: As for dribbling the ball out -- I think that means developing the skills to  take the ball to the hoop but when stopped to back his man down or create other options like the short jumper or pass to the open man.  Would add a lot to his game if he developed more assertive option once his dribble drive is stopped.  
 
Agree with this.  Can't say I seen a player drive the lane so many times, abruptly stop 7 feet from the hoop and then slowly dribble the ball back out.  Bo's dumbfounded reaction  tells me that's not what he wants him to do.  I think he wants him to be more assertive too and just go up hard and see what happens.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 3:56 AM

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+1

Bo wasn't the only one wondering what the heck he was doing. Sam is in desperate need of a mi-range game. His 3-point % needs to trend north

Also heard Sam say on twitter that he's 6-9" now. I thought he was 6-7"?


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orangejumpsuit wrote: As for dribbling the ball out -- I think that means developing the skills to  take the ball to the hoop but when stopped to back his man down or create other options like the short jumper or pass to the open man.  Would add a lot to his game if he developed more assertive option once his dribble drive is stopped.  
 
Agree with this.  Can't say I seen a player drive the lane so many times, abruptly stop 7 feet from the hoop and then slowly dribble the ball back out.  Bo's dumbfounded reaction  tells me that's not what he wants him to do.  I think he wants him to be more assertive too and just go up hard and see what happens.

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Posted: 6/23/2014 8:02 AM

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When Bo is satisfied that Sam is playing intelligent ball that matches his skill set Bo will be beaming and Sam will be all big ten.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 10:29 AM

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Sam makes you beam a lot and Sam also leaves you thinking that he's not currently using all the tools he's been blessed with yet.


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Posted: 6/24/2014 12:17 PM

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I think that's a very true statement.
Activebadger wrote: Sam makes you beam a lot and Sam also leaves you thinking that he's not currently using all the tools he's been blessed with yet.
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Posted: 6/24/2014 12:43 PM

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betrage wrote: I think that's a very true statement.
Activebadger wrote: Sam makes you beam a lot and Sam also leaves you thinking that he's not currently using all the tools he's been blessed with yet.
The only glaring weakness I see in Sam's game is his outside shot is inconsistent.  Obviously he'll be the first to say he can improve all areas of his game, but if he develops consistently good outside shot look out.  He could jump to scoring 20 a game this year because I don't really think anyone could defend him at the college level if he was a bigger outside threat that forced defenders to play tighter on him.
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Posted: 6/24/2014 5:11 PM

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To me, he gets quiet at times. He needs to keep the intensity up throughout his minutes. He's had this tendency for 2 years now. If he discards this, and plays with energy even if he doesn't score more he's going to help this team.
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Posted: 6/24/2014 5:40 PM

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I've noticed that too. He's reluctant at times, very content just to pass the ball around the perimeter. I see signs that he's a willing post player, but nothing close to what Nigel displays as far as his willingness to bang inside. I think he leaves points on the floor some nights.
UnknownBadger wrote: To me, he gets quiet at times. He needs to keep the intensity up throughout his minutes. He's had this tendency for 2 years now. If he discards this, and plays with energy even if he doesn't score more he's going to help this team.
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Posted: 6/24/2014 6:00 PM

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I think last year was a transition year for Sam as he spent what little time he saw a freshman deferring to the seniors. Now he needs to be assertive without trying to be dominant as we have a lot of weapons.
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Posted: 6/24/2014 8:31 PM

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I think a lot of his reluctance on offense is due to his handle not being good enough to consistently beat his man without turning it over (and thus leaving the game). He dribbles very high and slow. This is why he does practically all of his damage against good defenses on catch and shoots and weak side cuts.

If I were Dekks, I'd be doing a lot of those low, two ball dribbling drills this summer.
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Posted: 6/26/2014 8:45 AM

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betrage wrote: My #1 wish is that he really develops a low post game. With his size and length he has a clear advantage over most small forwards in the country. My only worry is that he seems very unwilling to do this most of the time. Hopefully his continued gains in strength and weight will create more confidence down low. Last year he habitually dribbled away from the post. His desire to work down low needs to increase. It's a nice thing to fall back on when the outside shot isn't falling. I'll take the free throws that come with it as well.
My #1 wish is that he wins a Big Ten and National Championship... biggrin
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Posted: 6/30/2014 9:51 PM

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Dekker is apparently kicking butt at the Kevin Durant Camp.  Sounds like he's one of the most impressive guys their.  Saw some tweets mentioning his awesomeness.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 11:13 PM

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combatsports4life wrote: Dekker is apparently kicking butt at the Kevin Durant Camp.  Sounds like he's one of the most impressive guys their.  Saw some tweets mentioning his awesomeness.
Measured in at 6-foot-9 and 229 pounds.

Josh Stirn tweeted that Dekker, along with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson (Arizona products), were the three most impressive players in five-on-fives over the weekend.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 11:28 PM

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hoopsgalore wrote:
combatsports4life wrote: Dekker is apparently kicking butt at the Kevin Durant Camp.  Sounds like he's one of the most impressive guys their.  Saw some tweets mentioning his awesomeness.
Measured in at 6-foot-9 and 229 pounds.

Josh Stirn tweeted that Dekker, along with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson (Arizona products), were the three most impressive players in five-on-fives over the weekend.

You could see that Dekker was more than his listed 6-7 height last year.  I LOVE the way his game improved last year with regard to rebounding and defense.  He's ready to explode this year.  Last year was a VERY special year but this coming season could be even better.  Anything can happen but this might be the best Badger team on paper in my lifetime.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 8:22 AM

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LANI01 wrote:
hoopsgalore wrote:
combatsports4life wrote: Dekker is apparently kicking butt at the Kevin Durant Camp.  Sounds like he's one of the most impressive guys their.  Saw some tweets mentioning his awesomeness.
Measured in at 6-foot-9 and 229 pounds.

Josh Stirn tweeted that Dekker, along with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson (Arizona products), were the three most impressive players in five-on-fives over the weekend.

You could see that Dekker was more than his listed 6-7 height last year.  I LOVE the way his game improved last year with regard to rebounding and defense.  He's ready to explode this year.  Last year was a VERY special year but this coming season could be even better.  Anything can happen but this might be the best Badger team on paper in my lifetime.
If he explodes could we have 3 1st team all B1G's - along with Frank and Josh?
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Posted: 7/1/2014 12:23 PM

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hoopsgalore wrote:
combatsports4life wrote: Dekker is apparently kicking butt at the Kevin Durant Camp.  Sounds like he's one of the most impressive guys their.  Saw some tweets mentioning his awesomeness.
Measured in at 6-foot-9 and 229 pounds.

Josh Stirn tweeted that Dekker, along with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson (Arizona products), were the three most impressive players in five-on-fives over the weekend.
Wow, that is awesome to hear.  He's looking more and more like a Chandler Parsons clone every day.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 3:12 PM

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combatsports4life wrote: Dekker is apparently kicking butt at the Kevin Durant Camp.  Sounds like he's one of the most impressive guys their.  Saw some tweets mentioning his awesomeness.

   This recap of the camp does not include Sam as one of the three players who separated themselves from the other players.


        http://www.hardwoodinsiders.co...-academy-recap/
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Posted: 7/1/2014 7:29 PM

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My hope is that we allow Sam to enjoy playing for the Badgers because I have enjoyed watching him.  Next season I will be taking my son down to watch them and my son will be his biggest fan.  He loves watching Sam play.  He is a talented player.  Let him develop and have fun.  I have coached Basketball at various levels for many years.  He is Fundamentally sound as you get.  Love watching him.
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