Frank Kaminsky, who helped lead the Wisconsin Badgers to back-to-back Final Four appearances, has been named the Big 10’s Player of the Decade. Earlier this week, he was named to the Big Ten Network’s All-Decade First-Team along with Trey Burke (Michigan), Draymond Green (Michigan State), Denzel Valentine (Michigan State), and Evan Turner (Ohio State).
Kaminsky began his college career in 2011, but it was in 2013 that he exploded onto the national scene. That year, he averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. He also scored a school record 43 points in one game that year.
2014, though, was his best season, in which he averaged 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds. He led the Badgers in eight different statistical categories and was named First-Team Big Ten. He became the first Wisconsin basketball player to be named National Player of the Year and took home the Wooden, Naismith, and Oscar Robertson trophies. The Badgers also made an appearance in the National Championship game that season, but fell to Duke.
After his college career was over, Kaminsky was drafted with the ninth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets. In four seasons with the Hornets, Kaminksy averaged 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds. This season, he spent the year with the Phoenix Suns, averaged 11.0 points and 4.9 rebounds.