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Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky
File:Frank Kaminsky in 2012.jpg
Kaminsky in January 2012.
Personal information
Born (1993-04-04) April 4, 1993 (age 22)
Lisle, Illinois
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Benet Academy (Lisle, Illinois)
College Wisconsin (2011–2015)
Position Power forward / Center
Career highlights and awards

Francis Stanley "Frank" Kaminsky III[1] (born April 4, 1993) is an American power forward basketball player who recently completed his college career for the Wisconsin Badgers. Kaminsky attended Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. He currently holds the Wisconsin single game record for points (43).[2][3] He was the unanimous men's National College Player of the Year in 2015.

Early life and high school career

Kaminsky's father, Frank, played basketball at Lewis University. His mother, Mary, played volleyball at Northwestern.[4] In 1998, when he was 5 years old, his aunt and uncle worked for the Chicago Bulls and he had access to the practice facility when Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Randy Brown were there.[5]

Kaminsky attended Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. He was named first-team all-state by the Chicago Sun-Times and IBCA and second-team all-state by the AP after averaging 14.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 2.8 assists during his senior season. He led the Redwings to a 29-1 season after being defeated in the Sectional Semifinals by the East Aurora Tomcats that were led by Connecticut Huskies superstar and National Champion Ryan Boatright. He was also named all-area, all-conference and East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year.

College career

Freshman season

Kaminsky played in 35 of 36 games as a freshman. He scored a season-high nine points against UMKC on November 22, 2011.

Sophomore season

Kaminsky played in 32 games, starting the first two games of the season. He finished the season averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He led the team in free-throw percentage at 76.7%. He posted a season-high 19 points at Illinois on February 3, 2013.

Junior season

On November 19, 2013, Kaminsky broke the Wisconsin single game scoring record with 43 points against North Dakota.[6] Kaminsky shot 16 of 19 from the field, including six of six from 3-point range and five of six from the free throw line. The previous Wisconsin single game record was 42 points set by Ken Barnes (vs. Indiana on March 8, 1965) and Michael Finley (vs. Eastern Michigan on December 10, 1994).

At the conclusion of the regular season, Kaminsky was named to the First Team All-Big Ten.[7]

On March 29, 2014, Kaminsky scored 28 points and had 11 rebounds as Wisconsin defeated #1 seeded Arizona 64–63 in overtime during the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Final Four. After the game, Kaminsky was named West Regional Most Outstanding Player.[8]

Senior season

Ahead of the 2014 season Kaminsky was named the Big Ten preseason player of the year.[9] The Badgers were unanimously picked to win the Big Ten Championship.[10] The Badgers ended up winning both the Big Ten regular season and the Big Ten tournament.

Kaminsky was named consensus first-team All-American.[11] On March 31, 2015 he was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year.[12] On April 3 he was named Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year, the first Wisconsin player to receive the award since its creation in 1961.[13] He also received the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the United States Basketball Writers Association College Player of the Year.[14] On April 5, he was named the Naismith College Player of the Year.[15] On April 10, he won both the John R. Wooden Award and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.[16]

College statistics

2011–12 Wisconsin 35 0 7.7 .411 .286 .500 1.4 .3 .1 .4 1.8
2012–13 Wisconsin 32 2 10.3 .439 .311 .767 1.8 .8 .4 .5 4.2
2013–14 Wisconsin 38 38 27.2 .528 .378 .765 6.3 1.3 .7 1.7 13.9
2014–15 Wisconsin 39 39 33.6 .547 .416 .780 8.2 2.6 .8 1.5 18.8
Career 144 79 20.4 .522 .369 .763 4.6 1.3 .5 1.1 10.1


  1. ^ "Wisconsin Badgers big man Frank Kaminsky is back for senior season". 
  2. ^ "Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky nets school record 43 points in rout". Associated Press. November 19, 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Three and change". ESPN. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Frank Kaminsky Bio". Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  5. ^ "Frank Kaminsky: Badgers to be great". ESPN. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  6. ^ "School Record 43 points from Frank Kaminsky power UW past North Dakota". Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2014 Men's Basketball Postseason Honors: Michigan's Stauskas named Big Ten Player of the Year". CBS Interactive. 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  8. ^ "Frank Kaminsky Jr. finally finds his moment". (Sports Illustrated). 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-03. [dead link]
  9. ^ Jeff Potrykus. "Frank Kaminsky named Big Ten preseason player of the year". 
  10. ^ Fox Sports. "Wisconsin Badgers unanimous pick to win Big Ten basketball title". FOX Sports. 
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  12. ^ "Kaminsky Named NABC POY Big Ten Conference Official Site". 
  13. ^ Associated Press, @ap (3 April 2015). "Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky chosen AP Player of the Year". Indianapolis Star. 
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