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Wisconsin Badgers news, 7/10: Melvin Gordon, Sam Dekker, UW cornerbacks, more

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While Melvin Gordon keeps his focus limited to this upcoming season, Sam Dekker is using Lebron James' Skills Academy to hone his game for the future.

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Football

Melvin Gordon had every reason to leave Wisconsin last year, and no one should have barked twice. But he didn't, and it's hard not to have an increased level of respect for the running back. You'll find even more respect for Gordon after you read this piece by Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple.

After winning the Super Bowl, Russell Wilson has the biggest platform to express his opinion(s), if he chooses to do so. Well, he certainly has, writing a terrific article on race in the NFL as part of Sports Illustrated MMQB's summer-long project of celebrating the history of the league.

Personally, I think Wisconsin's cornerbacks are going to be a lot better this season. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart apparently thinks otherwise, ranking the unit as the eighth-best in the conference.

Basketball

Let's check in with how Sam Dekker is doing at the LeBron James Skills Academy via Twitter.

Dekker, as he did at Kevin Durant's Skills Academy, matched up nicely with Arizona's highly-touted recruit Stanley Johnson.

Drew has a piece for BT Powerhouse posing this question: when will Wisconsin have a player drafted in the NBA, particularly the first round? Likely very soon, thanks to Dekker and Frank Kaminsky.

Hockey

The USHL's Madison Capitols released their 2014-15 schedule. While there are no conflicts with UW football games, four weekends contradict the UW hockey schedule.

Quick hitters

I really liked this idea: Andrew looked at six types of cult heroes in sports and gave a Wisconsin comparison for each. My personal favorite was the selection of Matt Bernstein. The greatest part of his game versus Penn State was the fact it was on national television, and the fullback was shreddin' the Nittany Lions.

The Badgers were ranked the 12th-best athletic program in the country, based off last year's results in football, men's and women's basketball, and baseball.