June 20, 2014
The Badgers enjoyed their share of success in 2013-14 and now UWBadgers.com is honoring the best student-athletes, teams and performances of the year. Over the next few weeks, we’ll unveil the best of the Badgers in five categories: Big Ten Medal of Honor (June 16), Athletes of the Year (June 17-21), Team Achievements of the Year (June 22-27), Games of the Year (June 28-July 5) and Freshmen of the Year (July 13-18).
Today we feature Male Athlete of the Year nominee Frank Kaminsky of men’s basketball.
• 2013-14 Year in Review
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin men’s basketball debuted new adidas uniforms last postseason that bore the theme “Made in March.” Fitting, as it was Frank Kaminsky and the Badgers who made their mark in March, earning the program’s first first Final Four appearance since 2000.
In what was a record-setting junior season for Kaminsky, the 7-footer elevated his game and fueled what was a magical run for UW during the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 16.4 points per game over the course of the tournament, including a pair of breakout performances.
Kaminsky scored 19 points and swatted a career-high six blocks in UW’s 69-52 win over Baylor in the West Regional Semifinal, setting the stage for a showdown with top-overall seed Arizona and a trip to the Final Four on the line. The Lisle, Illinois, native answered the call, pouring in 28 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to lift the Badgers past the Wildcats in an overtime thriller. For his efforts, Kaminsky was named West Regional Most Outstanding Player.
Starting all 38 games for UW last season, Kaminsky was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree by both the media and the coaches, as well as an All-District recipient. Ranked second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, he led UW in scoring (13.9 ppg), rebounding (6.3 rpg), field goal percentage (.528) and blocks (66). His 66 blocks last season tied for the third-best single-season mark in UW history.
Kaminsky had a night to remember on Nov. 19 against North Dakota, as he racked up a program single-game record 43 points.
Appearing in all 105 games of his eligible seasons, including 40 starts, Kaminsky has tallied 29 career double-digit scoring games during his collegiate career. Having totaled 726 points, he will enter his senior season within reach of joining UW’s 1,000-point club next season.