Frank Kaminsky led Wisconsin to back-to-back Final Fours, including a national championship game appearance this past March, while also being the unanimous Player of the Year.
On Friday, Kaminsky penned a farewell letter to Wisconsin fans through his blog, The Moose Basketball:
When I got to Wisconsin I was a frail kid with lofty dreams who wanted to achieve something great. I realized at the time that it wasn’t going to happen immediately for me. It would take time to get where I wanted to be, but I had no clue how hard the process would be. I struggled through my freshman year. I fell behind in school, and in basketball. I was constantly frustrated and didn’t know what it took to succeed. I started thinking that Wisconsin was as good as it was gonna get for me. I started believing that I was not good enough, not smart enough, and didn’t have what it took to be great. Honestly, I needed to do a lot maturing. I hit a point where I was tired of feeling sorry for myself. That’s when I made a promise to myself that I would work as hard as I could and find out how much I could accomplish.
In the one-and-done era, Kaminsky is a rarity. He was only a three-star recruit coming out of high school and despite playing a limited role in his first two years he turned into an All-American. Through his first two seasons in Madison, he averaged less than nine minutes per game. As a junior and senior, he averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 boards per game.
The next two years are history. Big Ten Champions, Back-to-Back Final Fours, Final Four Runner-Up, Big Ten POY, National Player of the Year, and College Graduate. Our story as a team has been so well documented that there really is no need to go into it here with any great detail. But I will say this, it was the best time of my entire life. Every single day was better than the previous one. I have no regrets at all about my basketball career at Wisconsin, especially because no one expected me to achieve what I achieved except me.
Kaminsky is a projected lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.com.