Houston Rockets rookie, former Badgers standout Sam Dekker to have back surgery

HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets rookie, and former Wisconsin Badgers standout Sam Dekker will have back surgery on Friday, November 20th, ESPN reports.

Dekker was selected by the Rockets with the 18th pick in the NBA Draft.

A source told ESPN the back injury was bothering Dekker during his last season with the Badgers.

Dekker is expected to be out approximately three months.

Dekker has played just six minutes for the Rockets this season and hasn't played since the second game

Dekker played for the Badgers for three seasons -- before opting to enter the NBA Draft.

The Badgers won the Big Ten regular season and Big Ten Tournament titles, and earning the #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history during Dekker's final season.

They would reel off four straight wins, earning their second-straight Final Four appearance. This time, they'd go a step further, beating an undefeated and heavily-favored Kentucky team a year after Kentucky beat them.

However, their ride would stop a game short, as they lost in the NCAA Tournament's championship game to Duke.