Frank Kaminsky to return for his senior season at Wisconsin
MADISON—While Frank Kaminsky was golfing Friday afternoon in the Madison area, the Wisconsin men’s basketball coaches were on the road evaluating players they hope to add to the program.
They won’t have to find a replacement for Kaminsky until after next season, of course, because despite seeking feedback from the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee, the 7-foot, 234-pound center didn’t waver from his original decision to return to UW for his senior season.
“He came in before that and talked about it, and he had indicated all along that unless he got some unexpected feedback that he wanted to come back,” UW associate head coach Greg Gard said Friday. “But it didn’t do any harm to submit his name and get some feedback. That is what he wanted to do.”
The projections: Kaminsky could be taken anywhere from late in the first round to deep into the second round.
“It came back close to where we had expected, and where we had heard prior to the advisory committee taking a look at it,” Gard said. “So nothing was altered in terms of his intentions or his plan or anything like that.”
After averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore, Kaminsky blossomed into a first-team all-Big Ten pick as a junior.
He averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and was named the most valuable player of the NCAA Tournament’s West Regional as he helped UW return to the Final Four for the first time since 2000.
“But as he laid out the pros and cons,” Gard said, “the pros of staying far out-weighed the cons in terms of what can happen next year, and where he would be next year if he made another jump.
“The cons were: ‘What is the likelihood of him making a team?’ You really roll the dice when you’re looking at late second round.”