Here is some basketball news from around the Wisconsin Badgers-sphere!
- Wisconsin hoops legend Sam Dekker played in Russia this past season for Lokomotiv Kuban and averaged 13.1 ppg (on 70.5% shooting!), 5.3 rpg and 1.5 apg in Eurocup action (10 games) while he averaged 11.4 ppg (on 66.4% shooting), 4.9 rpg and 1.5 apg in domestic league play (19 games).
Thank you, @dekker!— LOKO ЛокомотивКубань (@lokobasket) June 3, 2020
Sam Dekker leaves Loko due to the end of the contract. American forward averaged 12 points, 5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 29 games.
Thanks for the fantastic dunks and good luck in future career!
Dekker is now a free agent because his contract with Lokomotiv ran out and he traveled back to the United States at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Dekker played well in Russia, and even better when the competition was higher, so he may get another look in the NBA but it will be difficult due to the uncertainty around salary caps and free agency and how all of that will work for next season to say anything concrete.
- As more and more states begin reopening procedures, we are starting to see the return of sports as well! The Atlanta Timberwolves, the AAU team that 2021 wing Max Hrdlicka (Brunswick, Ga.) plays on, was in action in Jacksonville Fla. on Saturday.
Per his mom’s tweets, Hrdlicka had a productive two games, totaling 40 points and 14 boards while helping his team to a 2-0 record. There are more games on Sunday and we’ll keep you posted on how Hrdlicka plays.
ATL Timberwolves are FUN to watch! Won 76-66 and @HrdlickaMax had 19, 7 rebs and two alleys! and @_brendanrgsbee_ was on— ANGELA HRDLICKA (@angehrd) June 6, 2020
Another fun win for ATL Timberwolves 83-76! @HrdlickaMax with 21 pts 7 rebs 3 assists. Well done keeping us out of the 8am losers bracket tomorrow @GTScott717 @BrookesKahlert @RossShepherd12 @_brendanrgsbee_— ANGELA HRDLICKA (@angehrd) June 6, 2020
Hrdlicka’s mother also retweeted a post from 247 Sports’ Evan Flood that says Greg Gard has a virtual visit with a 2021 guard this coming week ($). Hopefully with your powers of deductive reasoning you can figure out who might be taking that visit.
- You may have missed this back in the middle of May, but UW-Green Bay fired their men’s basketball coach, Linc Darner. It came as a surprise to just about everyone and the UWGB administration didn’t offer much insight into their decision. The Phoenix are hoping that tapping a familiar last name will help energize a fan base that was left confused, and without a coach, a few weeks ago. Will Ryan, the oldest son of Bo Ryan, will be taking the reigns/reins/rains in Green Bay after coaching at D-II Wheeling last year.
UWGB to name Will Ryan its new men's basketball coach https://t.co/S2zweoz4tv— Scott Venci (@ScottVenci) June 6, 2020
It will be interesting to see what a new Ryan can do in Wisconsin and if he can get the Phoenix back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.