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Sam Dekker joined Washington as part of a three-team trade with the Bucks and Cavaliers Friday night. Here's what you need to know about the newest Wizard.

He played for a NCAA title with Wisconsin

Dekker was one of the Badgers' star players as a junior in 2014-15, and helped lead Wisconsin all the way to the national title game against Duke.

It would have been the Badgers' first NCAA title in 74 years, but it was not to be, the Blue Devils winning 68-63. 

He was drafted just three spots after Kelly Oubre Jr.

Dekker and Oubre were part of the same draft class in 2015 in a draft full of wing players. But while the Wizards took the Kansas product Oubre with the 15th overall pick, Dekker headed to Houston to join the Rockets after he was taken at no. 18. 

He's married to Kevin Harlan's daughter

Dekker married Olivia Harlan, the daughter of legendary NBA announcer Kevin, in July of this year. Olivia actually went into the family trade of broadcasting, and currently works as a sideline reporter for ESPN.

In fact, her grandfather is Bob Harlan, the Chairman Emeritus of the Green Bay Packers.

He loves his hometown of Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Two years ago, Dekker wrote a Players' Tribune piece called "Summer in Sheboygan," explaining why the Midwest town will "always be" home for him. 

 

"During winter months, you’re shoveling driveways and staying inside to watch sports. But from May to October, I can’t think of a more idyllic place than my hometown," he wrote.

Dekker's certainly put his money where his mouth is: he reportedly bought a 1,568-square-foot condo on the Sheboygan River last year. It set him back $289,000, per MySheboygan.com

He's been banged up this season, but should be ready to go immediately for the Wizards

Dekker's played in just nine games this year, and hasn't seen the court since suffering an ankle injury Nov. 5.

However, he was expected to play Saturday for Cleveland against the Wizards, and now could be available to play for Washington right away.

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