Former Wisconsin teammates offer Frank Kaminsky heartfelt messages ahead of jersey retirement

By of the end of his Wisconsin career, Frank Kaminsky was many things: National Player of the Year. A likely NBA Draft lottery pick. The man who led the Badgers to their first NCAA Title game in 74 years.

But to former teammates, Kaminsky is much more. He’s the former walk-on who made it, who overcame his apparent physical limitations and earned a job in the NBA. Kaminsky, who now plays center for the Charlotte Hornets, will have his No. 44 jersey retired Thursday night at Kohl Center, and in advance of the ceremony several former teammates offered Kaminsky heartfelt congratulations in the video below:

“What makes this so special for all of us former teammates, is that you were once one of us before you were big time,” Zach Bohannon said. “You were a under-recruited, overweight, goggle-wearing misfit benchwarmer that was voted unanimous player of the year. What a true underdog story.”

Indeed, Kaminsky’s college career played out like a rags to riches story. He averaged 7.7 minutes as a freshman, and by his junior year he started in all 38 games he played. Kaminsky saved his best for last, averaging 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as a senior in 2014-’15.

It was a season that established Kaminsky as one of the all-time Badgers greats. But his teammates will always remember what led to it.

“Crazy to think how far you’ve come from that 7-foot, goofy looking awkward freshman,” Duje Dukan said.

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