- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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1.Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan had a chance to work out newcomer Sam Dekker and is quick to praise his potential; something Ryan rarely does with incoming freshmen. Dekker, who was limited due to a foot injury when playing for the gold medal U18 USA team in Brazil last month, drew some comparisons to former Badger and NBA guard Devin Harris and UW all-American Alando Tucker. Ryan said Dekker can pull off unorthodox moves that can make you say “wow” like Harris and Tucker. The coach went to say he’s strong enough to hold his own against the older, more experienced players on the Badgers. Dekker will need to be an impact player for Wisconsin with the departure of Jordan Taylor, even though Ryan will not publicly admit that yet. Wisconsin doesn't like to put too much pressure on incoming freshmen but it's obvious Dekker will be a player.
2.NC State coach Mark Gottfried said he expects Lorenzo Brown to practice with the Wolfpack prior to the August departure for a trip to Spain. Brown had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the right knee on June 26. The sophomore guard will be used conservatively on the trip. Brown averaged 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists at the point. A healthy Brown is critical to the Wolfpack's hopes for an ACC title.
3.The USA won the gold medal in the U17 World Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania, Sunday, after winning the gold in the U18 in Brazil. The junior national teams are always a tremendous preview of what is to come for college basketball. The Americans were loaded with elite players, led by 2013 No. 1 player Jabari Parker (missed three games because of a foot injury), who scored 12 points in the gold medal win over Australia. Top 12 2014 players Jahlil Okafor (17 and eight boards) and Justise Winslow (13 and 11) also shined. But the player of the game to get the gold medal was Kansas-committed 2013 guard Conner Frankamp from Wichita, Kan. He led the Americans with 22 points. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything negative ever occurring from a player competing with USA basketball as a junior.