Francis Stanley “Frank” Kaminsky III (born April 4, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously played four years of college basketball for the Wisconsin Badgers where he holds the Wisconsin single game record for points (43).
Ahead of the 2014 season Kaminsky was named the Big Ten preseason player of the year. The Badgers were unanimously picked to win the Big Ten Championship.
The Badgers and Kaminsky validated those lofty preseason predictions. The Badgers boasted a 36-3 record in games Kaminsky played. They won the Big Ten regular season title (with a 16-2 record) and the Big Ten tournament title. After becoming the first NCAA tournament 1-seed in school history, they made their way to their second consecutive Final Four. There, they avenged their previous season’s loss to Kentucky, upsetting the 38-0 Wildcats 71-64 behind Kaminsky’s 20 points and 11 rebounds. In the Badgers’ first national championship game in 74 years, they lost a 9-point second-half lead and were defeated 68-63 by the Duke Blue Devils. Kaminsky finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. For the season, Kaminsky finished with 18.8 PPG and 8.2 RPG, despite playing for a team that ranked 346 out of 351 in adjusted tempo. He led the nation in PER, an efficiency-based stat. Additionally, Wisconsin boasted the highest adjusted offensive efficiency in KenPom history.
Kaminsky was named consensus first-team All-American. On March 31, 2015 he was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year. On April 3 he was named Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year, the first Wisconsin player to receive the award since its creation in 1961. He also received the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the United States Basketball Writers Association College Player of the Year. On April 5, he was named the Naismith College Player of the Year. On April 10, he won both the John R. Wooden Award and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. On June 12 Kaminsky was named University of Wisconsin’s Male Athlete of the Year.
On June 25, 2015, Kaminsky was selected with the ninth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2015 NBA draft. On July 2, 2015, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Hornets. He had a slow start to his career, averaging just 3.1 points in 11.6 minutes over his first 10 games before recording his first career double-digit scoring game with 11 points against the Brooklyn Nets on November 18. On December 2, he scored a then season-high 16 points in a loss to the Golden State Warriors, earning increased minutes with starting center Al Jefferson out injured. On December 23, he had a season-best game with 23 points and 7 rebounds in a loss to the Boston Celtics. On March 22, 2016, he made just his second career start, starting in place of Marvin Williams at power forward and recording 14 points and 7 rebounds in a 105–100 win over the Brooklyn Nets. On April 10, he recorded 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in a 113–98 loss to the Washington Wizards. The Hornets finished the regular season as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 48–34 record. In the first round of the playoffs, the Hornets faced the third-seeded Miami Heat, and in a Game 3 win on April 23, Kaminsky recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds.
On June 28, 2016, Kaminsky was ruled out of the 2016 NBA Summer League after requiring a minor procedure to repair a small pocket of air in his chest wall, with an expected recovery time of six weeks.
Career highlights and awards
National college player of the year (2015)
Consensus first-team All-American (2015)
Big Ten Player of the Year (2015)
2× First-team All-Big Ten (2014, 2015)
Big Ten Tournament MVP (2015)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (2015)