Oct. 21, 2011
A native of Lisle, Ill., Frank Kaminsky was named first-team all-state by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and second-team all-state by the Associated Press after averaging 14.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 2.8 assists per game as a senior. His father, Frank, played college basketball at Lewis University where he finished as the 7th-leading scorer in school history with 1,521 points and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992. He also played professionally in South America.
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What's the strongest part of your game?
My brute force and dazzling athletic ability.
What do you most want to work on?
My strength and quickness.
What's your go-to shot in H-O-R-S-E?
The one-handed, underhanded half-court shot.
Who else recruited you and why did you ultimately choose Wisconsin?
Indiana, Northwestern, Bradley, Southern Illinois and DePaul. I chose Wisconsin because I thought it was the best fit for me academically and with how I play basketball.
When did you first meet your fellow freshmen and when did you get to know them?
I got to meet them last year on our official visit, which was a pretty fun weekend. I really got to know them this summer though when we started working out.
Your family is filled with collegiate athletes. When you were young, were you on the road a lot going to different events?
When I was younger I used to go to a lot of stuff. We used to go to Lewis games because my dad played there, and we went to a lot of Northwestern stuff, too, because I had three family members play there.
Your father played basketball at Lewis University. Have you ever seen footage of him playing? Are there similarities in your game compared to his?
Yeah, I have. He was a center, but I haven’t really dissected the way he played too much. I think he was more of a scorer. He cared about scoring, but didn’t care as much about defense.
Has he coached you growing up, and if so, what was it like being the coaches’ kid?
Yeah, he was the coach of my AAU team from fourth-eighth grade. It wasn’t that weird because he was an assistant on my team because he was the head coach of other teams at the same time. It was cool, though, because I had my dad teaching me to play basketball instead of someone I didn’t know.
What is your first sports memory, both playing and watching?
In the park district league in the fourth grade I was the first kid to hit a three-pointer in a game. I actually hit four in that game.
I used to watch my dad play in leagues all the time in Chicago. I went to almost all of his games.
Your point guard got hurt last season, so you took over bringing the ball up. What was that like?
Yeah, I played point guard the entire game for six games. It wasn’t that different because the same guy got hurt in the summer, so I played point guard for basically 40 games over the whole summer.
What is your best (or worst) story about being really tall?
Well, I didn’t really get that tall until my junior year. But my senior year, I had a guy follow me around and take pictures of me all day, comparing me to other people. It was the most awkward thing ever. They did an article and came to my house to measure me in doorways and stuff. It was weird.