Wisconsin Basketball: Former Badgers Set for NBA Season

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Oct 21, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky III (44) goes to the basket against Detroit Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver (43) during the game at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Charlotte won 99-94. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Kaminsky, center, Charlotte Hornets

Frank the Tank spent 2012-2015 with the Wisconsin Badgers, rising from relative anonymity to the one of the most prolific college basketball players in the country. He raked in accolades from the National Player of the Year Award to All-Big Ten and All-American honors.

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Kaminsky was selected 9th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, and figures to immediately play a large role for his new NBA team.

Kaminsky played 19.7 minutes per game in eight preseason games for the Hornets this fall. He averaged 7.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists over that period.

Kaminsky will be heavily used in pick and pop scenarios for the Hornets this year. He will likely be the primary backup to starting center Al Jefferson.

Kaminsky and the Hornets kick off the 2015-16 NBA season Wednesday night against the Miami Heat.

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