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Frank Kaminsky

School

Wisconsin

Position
Forward
Major
Life Science Communications

Classroom

Frank Kaminsky is a life science communications major who has improved his GPA each year and made the Dean’s List in the spring of 2013. He is expected to graduate on time in four years in this May and has aspirations of maintaining a career in broadcasting.

Character

As one of the team’s captains, Kaminsky is a leader and serves as the team spokesman. Said Head Coach Bo Ryan, “I can honestly say that in all my time coaching, Frank has improved more than any player I’ve been around. That’s a testament to his work ethic and his desire to be great. He has always listened, worked hard and improved himself.” Kaminsky came to Wisconsin as a lightly recruited player and averaged just 2.9 points per game in his first two years but has blossomed into one of the nation’s top players.

Community

Kaminsky has ranked among the team leaders in community hours served in each of the last two seasons. He is involved in the Go Big Read campaign, UW-Madison’s common-reading program, and has visited numerous elementary schools in the Madison area to promote reading and to engage students in literature discussion. Kaminsky served as the guest spokesman for the Anti-Bullying Campaign Kickoff with area schools and has made regular trips to visit kids at the Madison Children’s Hospital. He also has been involved with Caleb’s Pitch, which helps create memorable experiences for children confronting serious illnesses.

Competition

As a preseason AP All-American, Kaminsky was a consensus selection for all of the national Player of the Year Award watch lists. The unanimous Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, he was named First-Team All-Big Ten last season as a junior and earned 2014 NCAA Tournament West Regional MOP honors after leading the Badgers to the Final Four. Kaminsky led UW in points (13.9), rebounds (6.3) and blocks as a junior and again leads the team in nearly every category this season. He has piled up a Big Ten-best 8 double-doubles this season and ranks among the league leaders in points, rebounds, blocks, field goal pct. and 3-point field goal pct.
Kaminsky needs just 7 rebounds to become only the second player in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks. He ranks second in UW history with 129 career blocks and eighth in field goal percentage (.509).