The Wisconsin Badgers will retire Frank Kaminsky’s no. 44 to the rafters on February 15th during a halftime ceremony against the Purdue Boilermakers.
Kaminsky, currently in his third year with the Charlotte Hornets, will travel to Madison to join in the festivities. Expect him to be greeted by fans and current and former players and coaches. You can check out Wisconsin’s press release of the event here. Also make sure to check out Wisconsin Basketball’s Twitter page as they counted down 44 great Kaminsky moments in preparation for the day.
On Feb. 15, we'll be retiring the jersey of Frank Kaminsky and hanging his No. 44 in the Kohl Center rafters. Over the next 44 days, we'll be listing 44 reasons why we love @FSKPart3.#44Ever || https://t.co/M9Ro9SAMZk pic.twitter.com/rAabCIZfNg— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 3, 2018
Kaminsky’s no. 44 will join Ab Nicolas as the only two jerseys retired in Wisconsin’s basketball history. Nicolas was a shooting guard from 1949-’52 and was the first Wisconsin player to be named to consecutive First Team All-Big Ten teams. He later become a prominent Badger booster after a successful career in business.
After only averaging 2.8 points per game his first two seasons, Kaminsky really got going his junior season. During his junior campaign, he averaged nearly 14 points per game and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors. His 43-point performance against North Dakota set a Wisconsin record a single game scoring record.
The biggest performance from his junior season was probably his 28 point, 11 rebound performance in the Elite Eight against Arizona. Kaminsky’s performance pulled Wisconsin to a 64-63 victory and earned the Badgers their first Final Four visit since 2000.
Senior year expectations were sky high for Kaminsky and he delivered. The big man averaged almost 19 points per games and 8.2 rebounds. He led the team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, free throws and free throw attempts. He became the first Wisconsin player to be named a National Player of the Year.
As a team, the 2015 Wisconsin Badgers won the Big Ten regular season title, earned a no. 1 seed and advanced to championship game before falling to Duke 68-63. No other Wisconsin team has ever advanced to the NCAA championship game.
Totaling the numbers, Kaminsky is one of the most prolific and multifaceted players ever to suit up for the Badgers. He ended his career with 1428 points, 666 rebounds, 153 blocks (most all-time at Wisconsin), and 103 three-pointers (37%).
After his senior season, Kaminsky was selected ninth in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He is a consistent rotational player for the Hornets and averages nearly 11 points per game.
It should be fun day for Wisconsin and Big Ten basketball fans on February 15th. Make sure to check out the ceremony to honor and celebrate one of the modern greats of Big Ten basketball.