Both are expected to be first-round selections Thursday in Brooklyn, but neither worked out with the Bucks ahead of draft day. That doesn't mean the Bucks have overlooked them though.
"We feel like we've been out all year watching guys, watching guys practice, watching guys play, watching workouts, around the country before the draft here," Bucks General Manager John Hammond said. "This is just the last kind of another step for us to bring them in, but it's not the be-all to end-all, it's just if we have the good fortune to do that, we appreciate it but we could easily be drafting a guy that just did not work out for us."
Dekker has been busy since the Badgers' season came to an end in the Final Four in April. He's been working out at a gym in downtown Chicago, and has visited nine NBA teams. While he doesn't know where he'll end up, the anticipation level has been sky high throughout the draft process.
"You're just excited about getting there, getting to the night, getting this whole saga behind us with the whole traveling and meeting everybody because there's so much uncertainty," Dekker said. "I'll be the first to admit you wonder where you're going to go that stuff's out of your control so you can worry about it as much. I'm just going to try and enjoy it. sit back, relax and I'll be excited when my name gets called. I'm blessed to be in this situation and I'm going to be a good face and represent myself well anywhere I go."
Milwaukee holds the 17th overall pick in the draft, which begins at 6 p.m. in Brooklyn.