Former Wisconsin star Sam Dekker dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Thursday to discuss the upcoming NBA Draft, which is exactly seven days away.
Dekker, who helped the Badgers to back-to-back Final Fours, is a first-round lock and a potential lottery pick. He said the pre-draft process has been enjoyable so far.
“Yeah, I’m enjoying it,” Dekker said on Tiki and Tierney. “It’s a process. It’s a grind, but overall I’m enjoying it. I’ve met with seven teams so far. Two more and then draft night’s in a week. It’s going well.”
Dekker said he can tell “a little bit” which teams seem genuinely interested in him.
“You can feel it here and there,” he said, “but most of the teams I’ve been meeting with are possible landing spots, so you hope they’re as interested as you think and you just try to put on a good face for them and represent well and play well and just have fun with it.
Dekker’s workouts range from 60 to 90 minutes and typically take place in the morning.
“They just want to see how you move, if you’re in shape, basic things, what they’ll get out of you,” Dekker said. “Obviously they have seen (you play a lot), so they just want to try to fine-tune some things (and see how you compete).”
At 6-9, 220 pounds, Dekker has the size, speed and versatility to play multiple positions at the next level. Brandon Tierney believes Dekker is entering the NBA at the right time. After all, Andrew Bogut and Timofey Mozgov received limited minutes as the NBA Finals wore on, as teams seem to be shying away from traditional big men.
“Absolutely,” Dekker said. “I’d agree with you. It’s a good time for me to be entering the league. Maybe a few years back, (if) we saw a 6-9 guy that can play 2 through 4, there might be some question marks. But now with the league being a little more position-less, I think that bodes well for me being able to be on the wing or inside both on offense or defense and trying to be a matchup problem on both ends of the floor.’
Dekker has a tendency to freelance from time to time, but playing for Bo Ryan kept him focused and disciplined.
“All in all, it was good for me,” Dekker said. “I still have that style of play in my game, but then learning the discipline and how to take care of each possession on both ends is going to be huge for me going ahead. All in all it, was good for me, but there were some times that were pretty funny just because I never knew the look I was going to get off of coach’s face when I would do some stuff.”
Dekker believes he’ll be a lottery pick but isn’t sure where he’ll end up
“Right now, your guess is as good as mine,” Dekker said “I’m not too concerned. It’s a weird time because it’s uncertain for everybody. When you go to bed at night, you don’t know where you’re going to end up, so you just got to try and enjoy it and take as much pressure off (yourself as possible).”