Wisconsin basketball is going to retire former star Frank Kaminsky’s No. 44. It’s only the second number that will hang in the Kohl Center, joining Ab Nichol’s No. 8.
Wisconsin will officially retire Kaminsky’s No. 44 jersey on February 15, when the Badgers play Purdue. The Badgers say the number will continue to be in circulation.
“When I committed to play at Wisconsin, I had big dreams about what my time on campus would be like,” Kaminsky said in an official release. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having my number hanging in the Kohl Center rafters. I’m truly honored by this recognition and I can’t wait to come back to Madison in February. My hope is that my number can serve as a symbol of all the great teammates, coaches and staff members I was lucky enough to be around every day, but also the best fans in the world who supported us during our run. This is truly a dream come true.”
Kamsinky, who’s in his third season in the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets, was the Naismith College Player of the Year for his senior season with the Badgers. Kaminsky and Wisconsin reached consecutive Final Fours during his junior and senior seasons.
Wisconsin basketball: Frank Kaminsky
- 2011-12: 1.8 points per game, 1.4 rebounds per game, 0.3 assists per game, 0.4 blocks per game
- 2012-13: 4.2 points per game, 1.8 rebounds per game, 0.8 assists per game, 0.5 blocks per game
- 2013-14: 13.9 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, 1.3 assists per game, 1.7 blocks per game
- 2014-15: 18.8 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists per game, 1.5 blocks per game
“We are thrilled that Frank will be back in the Kohl Center for this special recognition of all that he accomplished as a student-athlete,” Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez said in the release. “His years with our basketball program were truly special and I am very pleased that we will be able to honor him in this way.”
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