MADISON- On Monday, it was announced that the University of Wisconsin will retire 2015 National Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky’s jersey, No. 44. Along with the late Ab Nicholas and No. 8, Kaminsky will be the only other Badger to have his number hanging from the rafters of the Kohl Center.
In a career that culminated in back-to-back Final Four runs en route to a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Kaminsky had quite the journey. “Frank the Tank” barely played at all in his first two seasons at UW but led the Badgers all the way to the National Championship game in his senior season with Wisconsin.
This honor means a great deal to Kaminsky, who is excited to return to Wisconsin’s capital. “When I committed to play at Wisconsin, I had big dreams about what my time on campus would be like,” Kaminsky said. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having my number hanging in the Kohl Center rafters. I’m truly honored by this recognition and I can’t wait to come back to Madison in February,” Kaminsky exclaimed.
During his time at Wisconsin, Kaminsky became the first Badger ever to win the famed Wooden Award, Naismith Award and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award. Kaminsky also was the Associated Press National Player of the Year in 2015 and was one of the most versatile and efficient players in the country.
While the NBA is on its All-Star break, Kaminsky will return to Madison on February 15, 2018, and will be honored that evening while Wisconsin plays host to Purdue.