Apr 5, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) shoots the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half during the semifinals of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Frank Kaminsky has evolved into a stretch-5 in his time at Wisconsin, displaying great skill on the perimeter and proving to be a great threat from the high post. He had a 28 point, 11 rebound showing against the No. 1 seeded Arizona Wildcats and he carried Wisconsin to a Final Four appearance.
What makes Kaminsky interesting is that he’s continuing to improve at a rapid rate. This season could be a statement season for the seven-footer, who went from being academically outstanding, and his basketball skills just accompanying his intellect.
His father was a similar player in an era before the perimeter center had begun. He played at a small university (Lewis), but went down as the greatest player from that program. Kaminsky II had great skill with the ball in his hands. He went to play internationally and in the CBA.
Kaminsky III, the Wisconsin standout, has become tougher and broader since his freshman year. Kaminsky told SLAM! magazine that he “learned how to play away from the basket first…less concerned about what position I played than with getting as much skill development I could. My dad showed me that how to play is more important than running plays.”
What makes Kaminsky an interesting selection is that he is projected currently by NBADraft.net to go in the second round. Since the Rockets will likely select late in the first round, this would not be a reach. He decided to put the NBA on wait, saying “I think we’ll be good next year, really good. Plus, how could I put a price tag on my last year in college? I’m big on loyalty. I got that from my dad. Leaving Wisconsin just didn’t feel right.”
If he’s that committed to a college program, might he not show loyalty to the GM and team that selects him. The Rockets could be one late round pick from acquiring a key cog and backup center behind Dwight Howard, a legit seven-footer who brings a plethora of skills with the ball in his hands.