Last April, Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky made the difficult decision to return to school for his senior season, but not even the man himself realized he would have such a magical ride during his final year of eligibility.
Just a day after topping the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats in shocking fashion, Kaminsky was named the 2015 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year giving him another honor to add to his trophy case.
Frank Kaminsky became the first player in program history to win the award given to college basketball’s top player.
It took all four years for the Lisle, Illinois native to develop into his current form averaging 18.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest. For the first two years of his career, Kaminsky was a little known commodity before bursting onto the scene for his Junior year.
This season, however, was his finest dominating opposing squads along the low post while also guiding the Badger within just one win of their first-ever National Championship.
The voting, similar to the National Championship, came down to Frank Kaminsky and Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor and the winner of the two’s battle Monday will likely decide the outcome of the finals.
Kaminsky has used the NCAA Tournament as a spring board for his NBA future, where many analysts have him projected to be a first-round pick. Standing at 7 feet tall, Kaminsky has a rare combination of size and quickness that will make him a valuable asset for any NBA franchise.
Still, Frank Kaminsky has one more game to silence all the nay-sayers regarding his choice to return to college.
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