Sam Dekker helps Bahçesehir Koleji win FIBA ​​Europe Cup 2022

Former Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball star Sam Decker had just helped a Turkish basketball club Bahcesehir Koleji winning the FIBA ​​Europe Cup 2022 Final on Wednesday when he took to Twitter and reflected on an emotionally draining year.

Dekker’s professional career has taken him all over the map. His travels this season began with the Toronto Raptors, who cut him in November after signing him in August. Dekker then settled with this third foreign club, signing with Bahcesehir Koleji in December. In 17 games, the 6-foot-8, 219-pound forward averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He shot 48.4% overall and 35.1% from 3 points.

“I just got off the court,” said Dekker, who wore a championship cap, jersey and a gold medal around his neck. “I’m capable of having one (a medal) and a trophy. I was in a really dark place after being cut in November. I’ve had a lot of lows in the last six or seven years. A lot of lows and also a lot of huge, amazing things to be grateful for. But to be able to end this year that didn’t start well on a good note is something I have to be really grateful for. I have to keep going.”

Dekker scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in Victory 90-74 for Bahçesehir Koleji over Reggio Emilia Italy Wednesday. In a 72-69 victory last week, he scored 10 points with six rebounds. The two victories gave Bahcesehir Koleji his first FIBA ​​Europe Cup title and first trophy in club history.

After a collegiate career that included two trips to the Final Four — the Badgers lost to Duke in the 2015 title game — Dekker ranked 18th overall against the Houston Rockets in the 2015 NBA draft. made saves with the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards. Dekker averaged 5.4 points per game while shooting 47.8% from the field in 201 total games in the league.

Dekker played for Russia Lokomotiv Kuban in the 2019-20 season before signing with Turkey Turk Telekom. He only played one game with the Raptors this season before his release.

A Sheboygan, Wisconsin, native, Dekker ranks 15th in UW history with 1,363 career points. He was a two-time All-Big Ten second-team performer.

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