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Decorah takes unlikely route to the Sweet Sixteen with the Badgers

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When Bronson Koenig hit the three to send the Badgers to the Sweet Sixteen, he immediately embraced teammate Will Decorah. Afterward, Koenig tweeted, "That was for all my Natives out there."  It's a sentiment Decorah understands well.

"We know what kind of role models, especially Bronson and me kind of coming into the spotlight this year, what we mean to not only young Native American kids, but just kids in general."

  Like Koenig, Decorah is a member of the Ho-Chunk tribe. A year ago, there were only 13 Native American NCAA Division 1 men's basketball players. Having two on the same Sweet Sixteen team is unique.

"We've always kind of competed with each other," Decorah says. "Now, being on the same team, it's weird to think about that, but it's pretty special."

Then again, Decorah is used to defying the odds. Up until this season, the Waunakee native spent two seasons as a team manager before Bo Ryan promoted him to the roster.

"It's unbelievable. It's been quite the journey. Like I've told people from the very beginning, it's pretty much a dream come true for me."

Decorah would love to get on the court for some game action in Philadelphia, but no matter what, he is living the dream.

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