Ten Wisconsin Badgers we are most thankful for

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 06: Jahlil Okafor (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 06: Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after a play in the first half with Bronson Koenig #24 against the Duke Blue Devils during the NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Frank Kaminsky

Speaking of tanks…

Frank Kaminsky came to Wisconsin as a 3-star recruit and showed very little early in his Wisconsin career. Through his first two years, he started only two games and couldn’t manufacture more than a five point per game average. The start of his junior season was the start of history.

Kaminsky should be regarded as the greatest basketball player in Wisconsin Badger history. His number is retired and he led the program to two Final Fours, along with two other legends on this list. He raked in the awards along the way and was taken in the NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets.

The goofy 7-footer from Illinois made the most of his opportunities and became a legend. He had of the best personalities to ever grace the program, along with one of the smoothest jumpers for a big man. We may never see another player like Kaminsky and we’ll surely never see one as impactful as he was.

The final connections to Kaminsky’s teams are leaving the program this year, those being redshirt seniors like Ethan Happ, but his legacy will continue on. Nobody will ever be able to think about Wisconsin basketball without thinking of Frank Kaminsky.