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Frank Kaminsky

Posted: 7/7/2014 11:14 PM

Frank Kaminsky 


Nice feature about him in the Sun-Times. 

Frank Kaminsky back for more fun at Wisconsin - Chicago Sun-Times


Madison in the summertime is a lovely place to be even when you don’t have one of the most recognizable faces — and definitely the coolest nickname — in town.

“The funniest thing about it all is every person says, ‘Oh, my brother, my friend, is a huge fan. Let me take a picture and send it to them.’ Like it’s for somebody else,” Kaminsky said. “Just ask me for the picture. I’ll take it.”

Not that the offseason has been a nonstop party for the Big Ten’s highest-profile hooper. Kaminsky, a 21-year-old communications major, is interning for Merrill Lynch in Madison. He deleted the Twitter app from his phone, replacing it with LinkedIn.

“Right away,” he said, “I made, like, 200 new connections with some pretty prominent Madison-area business people.”

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Posted: 7/8/2014 5:38 AM

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Thanks for that. I hope some potential recruits read it.

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. - Pascal
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Posted: 7/8/2014 7:02 AM

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TaxideaTom wrote: Thanks for that. I hope some potential recruits read it.
+1 - the last line was the best!!
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Posted: 7/8/2014 8:34 AM

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“I can’t wait for next season,” Kaminsky said. “Everything that we work toward should be for a national championship. Next year should be the type of year where we roll the ball out and we know who’s going to win. We just want to see by how much.”

He's getting a little cocky/arrogant and I like it.
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Posted: 7/8/2014 8:45 AM

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badgeryem wrote: “I can’t wait for next season,” Kaminsky said. “Everything that we work toward should be for a national championship. Next year should be the type of year where we roll the ball out and we know who’s going to win. We just want to see by how much.”

He's getting a little cocky/arrogant and I like it.
Well, he's going to find out early just how good they are.
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Posted: 7/8/2014 1:39 PM

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“I can’t wait for next season,” Kaminsky said. “Everything that we work toward should be for a national championship. Next year should be the type of year where we roll the ball out and we know who’s going to win. We just want to see by how much.”

He's getting a little cocky/arrogant and I like it.

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Of course, this comment will be highlighted on a few opponents' locker room boards this season.... :)
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Posted: 7/8/2014 2:52 PM

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“I can’t wait for next season,” Kaminsky said. “Everything that we work toward should be for a national championship. Next year should be the type of year where we roll the ball out and we know who’s going to win. We just want to see by how much.”

He's getting a little cocky/arrogant and I like it.

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Of course, this comment will be highlighted on a few opponents' locker room boards this season.... :)

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Wisconsin is highlighted on opponents message boards since Bo Ryan has been here. Everybody hates getting beat by a program their fan base thinks they should be better than. Izzo had his complex against Bo, Crean thought he had a rivalry against Bo, Minnesota is the little brother along with Iowa (also the Uthoff drama).

Won't be any different than any other year except next year there is talent across the board.
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Posted: 7/8/2014 3:11 PM

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LakeAlexander wrote: Nice feature about him in the Sun-Times. 

Frank Kaminsky back for more fun at Wisconsin - Chicago Sun-Times


Madison in the summertime is a lovely place to be even when you don’t have one of the most recognizable faces — and definitely the coolest nickname — in town.

“The funniest thing about it all is every person says, ‘Oh, my brother, my friend, is a huge fan. Let me take a picture and send it to them.’ Like it’s for somebody else,” Kaminsky said. “Just ask me for the picture. I’ll take it.”

Not that the offseason has been a nonstop party for the Big Ten’s highest-profile hooper. Kaminsky, a 21-year-old communications major, is interning for Merrill Lynch in Madison. He deleted the Twitter app from his phone, replacing it with LinkedIn.

“Right away,” he said, “I made, like, 200 new connections with some pretty prominent Madison-area business people.”

Thanks for the post.
Frank does use "should" so he does take a little off of his comment about rolling the ball out on the floor and winning. We used to say, "It ain't bragging if...."

This could be a year to rival Devin Harris's last year. Wis playing as upper dog. We have had some good years lately, but this coming season could be one where Wis is favored most games and lives up to it. Still it is basketball and minn (or almost anyone else) could shoot out of their minds again. Counting down the days...and looking forward to seeing how Brust is replaced.

go badgersbiggrin
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Posted: 7/8/2014 3:24 PM

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jerdud59 wrote:
LakeAlexander wrote: Nice feature about him in the Sun-Times. 

Frank Kaminsky back for more fun at Wisconsin - Chicago Sun-Times


Madison in the summertime is a lovely place to be even when you don’t have one of the most recognizable faces — and definitely the coolest nickname — in town.

“The funniest thing about it all is every person says, ‘Oh, my brother, my friend, is a huge fan. Let me take a picture and send it to them.’ Like it’s for somebody else,” Kaminsky said. “Just ask me for the picture. I’ll take it.”

Not that the offseason has been a nonstop party for the Big Ten’s highest-profile hooper. Kaminsky, a 21-year-old communications major, is interning for Merrill Lynch in Madison. He deleted the Twitter app from his phone, replacing it with LinkedIn.

“Right away,” he said, “I made, like, 200 new connections with some pretty prominent Madison-area business people.”

Thanks for the post.
Frank does use "should" so he does take a little off of his comment about rolling the ball out on the floor and winning. We used to say, "It ain't bragging if...."

This could be a year to rival Devin Harris's last year. Wis playing as upper dog. We have had some good years lately, but this coming season could be one where Wis is favored most games and lives up to it. Still it is basketball and minn (or almost anyone else) could shoot out of their minds again. Counting down the days...and looking forward to seeing how Brust is replaced.

go badgersbiggrin
I think it's way beyond Devin's last year as Alando missed most of the season. If Devin would have returned for his senior year, that would be comparable to the hype for this year. I can't think of a team that's been heavier B1G favs than this one. No injuries, no stopping these guys.
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Posted: 7/8/2014 3:26 PM

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I'd rather he do it on the court, then talk about it. As is, it certainly will stoke the fire in a number of player's bellies and not just their coach's. Good for the Frank and his team mates to be confident but I hope they don't slip into over-confidence before the season even gets under way.

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Posted: 7/8/2014 3:44 PM

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UnknownBadger wrote: I'd rather he do it on the court, then talk about it. As is, it certainly will stoke the fire in a number of player's bellies and not just their coach's. Good for the Frank and his team mates to be confident but I hope they don't slip into over-confidence before the season even gets under way.
The good news is he has already shown he can back it up on the court.  biggrin

And I would be absolutely floored if a Bo Ryan team was "over-confident" enough that it bit them in the backside and caused them to lose games.
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Posted: 7/8/2014 3:48 PM

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CloudsOfDust wrote:
UnknownBadger wrote: I'd rather he do it on the court, then talk about it. As is, it certainly will stoke the fire in a number of player's bellies and not just their coach's. Good for the Frank and his team mates to be confident but I hope they don't slip into over-confidence before the season even gets under way.
The good news is he has already shown he can back it up on the court.  biggrin

And I would be absolutely floored if a Bo Ryan team was "over-confident" enough that it bit them in the backside and caused them to lose games.
Well, if anyone can keep them grounded, it's Ryan.
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Posted: 7/8/2014 4:19 PM

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UnknownBadger wrote:
CloudsOfDust wrote:
UnknownBadger wrote: I'd rather he do it on the court, then talk about it. As is, it certainly will stoke the fire in a number of player's bellies and not just their coach's. Good for the Frank and his team mates to be confident but I hope they don't slip into over-confidence before the season even gets under way.
The good news is he has already shown he can back it up on the court.  biggrin

And I would be absolutely floored if a Bo Ryan team was "over-confident" enough that it bit them in the backside and caused them to lose games.
Well, if anyone can keep them grounded, it's Ryan.
Exactly.  Really pumped for the season this year (as usual)...  On one hand, I really want the season to start.  On the other hand, winter sucks, so...
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Posted: 7/8/2014 7:14 PM

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Great  article and even better pub for Frank,  UW basketball and UW overall. biggrin
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Posted: 7/8/2014 11:58 PM

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In my mind this coming season will be the reward for seasons that we were robbed of several times under Bo. For example the first instance was the year Tucker broke his foot and Devin Harris would've been a junior. Could have been an even better team than they were. 2nd instance was the year Harris went pro early. That could've pushed us over the top to the Championship. Last but not least was the Butch blowing his elbow backwards. Could've was league title and the whole damn thing.

Frank could break his foot like Alando, Dekker slip in his new Durant shoes and tear his Achilles. Nigel could tear a biceps working out, etc etc. A LOT could happen but I'm going to savor it while I can and hope our players have some fun and talk a little trash. This program deserves it
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Posted: 7/9/2014 6:03 AM

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CloudsOfDust wrote:
UnknownBadger wrote: I'd rather he do it on the court, then talk about it. As is, it certainly will stoke the fire in a number of player's bellies and not just their coach's. Good for the Frank and his team mates to be confident but I hope they don't slip into over-confidence before the season even gets under way.
The good news is he has already shown he can back it up on the court.  biggrin

And I would be absolutely floored if a Bo Ryan team was "over-confident" enough that it bit them in the backside and caused them to lose games.
Yeah "Debbie Downer" needs some perspective - and a brain would be nice - Frank's already done it on the court, hence the high expectations!!!bangheadeek1
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Posted: 7/9/2014 7:55 AM

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stlbadger wrote:
CloudsOfDust wrote:
UnknownBadger wrote: I'd rather he do it on the court, then talk about it. As is, it certainly will stoke the fire in a number of player's bellies and not just their coach's. Good for the Frank and his team mates to be confident but I hope they don't slip into over-confidence before the season even gets under way.
The good news is he has already shown he can back it up on the court.  biggrin

And I would be absolutely floored if a Bo Ryan team was "over-confident" enough that it bit them in the backside and caused them to lose games.
Yeah "Debbie Downer" needs some perspective - and a brain would be nice - Frank's already done it on the court, hence the high expectations!!!bangheadeek1
Considering there was nothing "down" about my post, the half  brain. if that, appears to be you. He hasn't done it this coming season, has he? Frank was NOT talking about what was done on the floor in the past, child, but this coming season. A season with a schedule likely to be as tough as any in the country. Nothing in the post to suggest to my expectations are any less high  than yours or Kaminsky's. Nothing!  Saying its not about whether Wisconsin will win but by how much smacks of trash talk and less of confidence. I imagine Ryan has already told Kaminsky and others to do their talking on the floor and tone the rhetoric down.

So as impaired as your mastery of all things athletic is,  a condition of yours I have suspected  for some time and others have come to agree, I'll give you another chance. Try again. eek1 bangheadeek1 bangheadeek1

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Posted: 7/9/2014 8:11 AM

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Nice article.

Agree, replacing Brust is a bigger deal than many are thinking I suspect.  With the talent and experience coming back, it won't be his considerable production that is missed so much as his leadership.  He was the glue guy last season.  Who provides that?  Frank?  Gasser?  Possibly Hayes?  Which of those has the personality to do that?

jerdud59 wrote:
LakeAlexander wrote: Nice feature about him in the Sun-Times. 

Frank Kaminsky back for more fun at Wisconsin - Chicago Sun-Times


Madison in the summertime is a lovely place to be even when you don’t have one of the most recognizable faces — and definitely the coolest nickname — in town.

“The funniest thing about it all is every person says, ‘Oh, my brother, my friend, is a huge fan. Let me take a picture and send it to them.’ Like it’s for somebody else,” Kaminsky said. “Just ask me for the picture. I’ll take it.”

Not that the offseason has been a nonstop party for the Big Ten’s highest-profile hooper. Kaminsky, a 21-year-old communications major, is interning for Merrill Lynch in Madison. He deleted the Twitter app from his phone, replacing it with LinkedIn.

“Right away,” he said, “I made, like, 200 new connections with some pretty prominent Madison-area business people.”

Thanks for the post.
Frank does use "should" so he does take a little off of his comment about rolling the ball out on the floor and winning. We used to say, "It ain't bragging if...."

This could be a year to rival Devin Harris's last year. Wis playing as upper dog. We have had some good years lately, but this coming season could be one where Wis is favored most games and lives up to it. Still it is basketball and minn (or almost anyone else) could shoot out of their minds again. Counting down the days...and looking forward to seeing how Brust is replaced.

go badgersbiggrin

Last edited 7/9/2014 8:13 AM by TheNewRed

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Posted: 7/9/2014 10:15 AM

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Frank has come out of his tentative shell big-time, so could see him assuming that role as long as he keeps his emotions in check (controlled).  Josh's knee more settled now and he has all the intangibles so could see him focus more on verbal leadership as well.  Kind of feel he was the co-glue guy w/Ben last year.

Would not at all rule out Sam, either, especially if he has progressed as much as we all hope (would likely put him before Nigel in that role, though Nigel should eventually grow into it as well).
TheNewRed wrote:

Nice article.

Agree, replacing Brust is a bigger deal than many are thinking I suspect.  With the talent and experience coming back, it won't be his considerable production that is missed so much as his leadership.  He was the glue guy last season.  Who provides that?  Frank?  Gasser?  Possibly Hayes?  Which of those has the personality to do that?

Go Badgers!  On Wisconsin!

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Posted: 7/9/2014 10:31 AM

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Nigel Hayes has born leadership qualities, you can just tell. There were times last year that the upperclassmen were following Nigel's lead.

But yes, Ben's personality and leadership will be missed. I was just thinking this the other day but in 4 years at Wisconsin I can't recall a single message board topic that ripped on Ben Brust. Smart and gave 110% effort at all times. One of the greatest badgers in history.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 11:22 AM

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badgeryem wrote: “I can’t wait for next season,” Kaminsky said. “Everything that we work toward should be for a national championship. Next year should be the type of year where we roll the ball out and we know who’s going to win. We just want to see by how much.”

He's getting a little cocky/arrogant and I like it.
I like this.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 11:43 AM

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Nice article.

Agree, replacing Brust is a bigger deal than many are thinking I suspect.  With the talent and experience coming back, it won't be his considerable production that is missed so much as his leadership.  He was the glue guy last season.  Who provides that?  Frank?  Gasser?  Possibly Hayes?  Which of those has the personality to do that?

jerdud59 wrote:
LakeAlexander wrote: Nice feature about him in the Sun-Times. 

Frank Kaminsky back for more fun at Wisconsin - Chicago Sun-Times


Madison in the summertime is a lovely place to be even when you don’t have one of the most recognizable faces — and definitely the coolest nickname — in town.

“The funniest thing about it all is every person says, ‘Oh, my brother, my friend, is a huge fan. Let me take a picture and send it to them.’ Like it’s for somebody else,” Kaminsky said. “Just ask me for the picture. I’ll take it.”

Not that the offseason has been a nonstop party for the Big Ten’s highest-profile hooper. Kaminsky, a 21-year-old communications major, is interning for Merrill Lynch in Madison. He deleted the Twitter app from his phone, replacing it with LinkedIn.

“Right away,” he said, “I made, like, 200 new connections with some pretty prominent Madison-area business people.”

Thanks for the post.
Frank does use "should" so he does take a little off of his comment about rolling the ball out on the floor and winning. We used to say, "It ain't bragging if...."

This could be a year to rival Devin Harris's last year. Wis playing as upper dog. We have had some good years lately, but this coming season could be one where Wis is favored most games and lives up to it. Still it is basketball and minn (or almost anyone else) could shoot out of their minds again. Counting down the days...and looking forward to seeing how Brust is replaced.

go badgersbiggrin


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I think leadership is the last thing we need to worry about with this team. Even if the entire team was made up of "followers", Josh Gasser would be enough. But luckily for us, it's not. I think aside from Josh, you're seeing Frank step up into that role as well.

Other than them, Nigel has that type of personality as well. Seems to come naturally for him. I think Sam and even Trae can fill that role when needed as well.

Really, this team has a little bit of everything. Top end talent, great low post presences, really good shooters, a couple guys who can take people off the bounce, unselfish players, and solid experience and leadership. The sky is the limit this year.
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Posted: 7/9/2014 2:11 PM

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CloudsOfDust wrote:


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--- TheNewRed wrote:

Nice article.

Agree, replacing Brust is a bigger deal than many are thinking I suspect.  With the talent and experience coming back, it won't be his considerable production that is missed so much as his leadership.  He was the glue guy last season.  Who provides that?  Frank?  Gasser?  Possibly Hayes?  Which of those has the personality to do that?

jerdud59 wrote:
LakeAlexander wrote: Nice feature about him in the Sun-Times. 

Frank Kaminsky back for more fun at Wisconsin - Chicago Sun-Times


Madison in the summertime is a lovely place to be even when you don’t have one of the most recognizable faces — and definitely the coolest nickname — in town.

“The funniest thing about it all is every person says, ‘Oh, my brother, my friend, is a huge fan. Let me take a picture and send it to them.’ Like it’s for somebody else,” Kaminsky said. “Just ask me for the picture. I’ll take it.”

Not that the offseason has been a nonstop party for the Big Ten’s highest-profile hooper. Kaminsky, a 21-year-old communications major, is interning for Merrill Lynch in Madison. He deleted the Twitter app from his phone, replacing it with LinkedIn.

“Right away,” he said, “I made, like, 200 new connections with some pretty prominent Madison-area business people.”

Thanks for the post.
Frank does use "should" so he does take a little off of his comment about rolling the ball out on the floor and winning. We used to say, "It ain't bragging if...."

This could be a year to rival Devin Harris's last year. Wis playing as upper dog. We have had some good years lately, but this coming season could be one where Wis is favored most games and lives up to it. Still it is basketball and minn (or almost anyone else) could shoot out of their minds again. Counting down the days...and looking forward to seeing how Brust is replaced.

go badgersbiggrin


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I think leadership is the last thing we need to worry about with this team. Even if the entire team was made up of "followers", Josh Gasser would be enough. But luckily for us, it's not. I think aside from Josh, you're seeing Frank step up into that role as well.

Other than them, Nigel has that type of personality as well. Seems to come naturally for him. I think Sam and even Trae can fill that role when needed as well.

Really, this team has a little bit of everything. Top end talent, great low post presences, really good shooters, a couple guys who can take people off the bounce, unselfish players, and solid experience and leadership. The sky is the limit this year.
Even though Trae makes some slipshod passes from time to time, It appeared to me that  he was the leader when he was on the court. He is the one that pushed Sam and Frank throughout the season to be more assertive, that they were better than what they were showing. Gasser to a lesser extent, especially in the huddles. I'm not sure how you see Hayes in that role this year. He, like you would expect from a freshman, was pretty quiet last.

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Posted: 7/9/2014 2:52 PM

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Dekker is a great kid, great teammate and hard worker. He seems more like a "goofy kid" and happy-go-lucky than a leader type. There's nothing wrong with that
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Posted: 7/9/2014 3:21 PM

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UnknownBadger wrote:
CloudsOfDust wrote:


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--- TheNewRed wrote:

Nice article.

Agree, replacing Brust is a bigger deal than many are thinking I suspect.  With the talent and experience coming back, it won't be his considerable production that is missed so much as his leadership.  He was the glue guy last season.  Who provides that?  Frank?  Gasser?  Possibly Hayes?  Which of those has the personality to do that?

jerdud59 wrote:
LakeAlexander wrote: Nice feature about him in the Sun-Times. 

Frank Kaminsky back for more fun at Wisconsin - Chicago Sun-Times


Madison in the summertime is a lovely place to be even when you don’t have one of the most recognizable faces — and definitely the coolest nickname — in town.

“The funniest thing about it all is every person says, ‘Oh, my brother, my friend, is a huge fan. Let me take a picture and send it to them.’ Like it’s for somebody else,” Kaminsky said. “Just ask me for the picture. I’ll take it.”

Not that the offseason has been a nonstop party for the Big Ten’s highest-profile hooper. Kaminsky, a 21-year-old communications major, is interning for Merrill Lynch in Madison. He deleted the Twitter app from his phone, replacing it with LinkedIn.

“Right away,” he said, “I made, like, 200 new connections with some pretty prominent Madison-area business people.”

Thanks for the post.
Frank does use "should" so he does take a little off of his comment about rolling the ball out on the floor and winning. We used to say, "It ain't bragging if...."

This could be a year to rival Devin Harris's last year. Wis playing as upper dog. We have had some good years lately, but this coming season could be one where Wis is favored most games and lives up to it. Still it is basketball and minn (or almost anyone else) could shoot out of their minds again. Counting down the days...and looking forward to seeing how Brust is replaced.

go badgersbiggrin


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I think leadership is the last thing we need to worry about with this team. Even if the entire team was made up of "followers", Josh Gasser would be enough. But luckily for us, it's not. I think aside from Josh, you're seeing Frank step up into that role as well.

Other than them, Nigel has that type of personality as well. Seems to come naturally for him. I think Sam and even Trae can fill that role when needed as well.

Really, this team has a little bit of everything. Top end talent, great low post presences, really good shooters, a couple guys who can take people off the bounce, unselfish players, and solid experience and leadership. The sky is the limit this year.
Even though Trae makes some slipshod passes from time to time, It appeared to me that  he was the leader when he was on the court. He is the one that pushed Sam and Frank throughout the season to be more assertive, that they were better than what they were showing. Gasser to a lesser extent, especially in the huddles. I'm not sure how you see Hayes in that role this year. He, like you would expect from a freshman, was pretty quiet last.
I assume you mean that during games he was quiet? Off the court Nigel is probably the most verbal player on the team - but as you note I think Jackson and Gasser are the obvious leaders next year. I think they were probably the primary leaders last year as well!
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Posted: 7/9/2014 9:22 PM

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Madtowntom wrote:
UnknownBadger wrote:
CloudsOfDust wrote:


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--- TheNewRed wrote:

Nice article.

Agree, replacing Brust is a bigger deal than many are thinking I suspect.  With the talent and experience coming back, it won't be his considerable production that is missed so much as his leadership.  He was the glue guy last season.  Who provides that?  Frank?  Gasser?  Possibly Hayes?  Which of those has the personality to do that?

jerdud59 wrote:
LakeAlexander wrote: Nice feature about him in the Sun-Times. 

Frank Kaminsky back for more fun at Wisconsin - Chicago Sun-Times


Madison in the summertime is a lovely place to be even when you don’t have one of the most recognizable faces — and definitely the coolest nickname — in town.

“The funniest thing about it all is every person says, ‘Oh, my brother, my friend, is a huge fan. Let me take a picture and send it to them.’ Like it’s for somebody else,” Kaminsky said. “Just ask me for the picture. I’ll take it.”

Not that the offseason has been a nonstop party for the Big Ten’s highest-profile hooper. Kaminsky, a 21-year-old communications major, is interning for Merrill Lynch in Madison. He deleted the Twitter app from his phone, replacing it with LinkedIn.

“Right away,” he said, “I made, like, 200 new connections with some pretty prominent Madison-area business people.”

Thanks for the post.
Frank does use "should" so he does take a little off of his comment about rolling the ball out on the floor and winning. We used to say, "It ain't bragging if...."

This could be a year to rival Devin Harris's last year. Wis playing as upper dog. We have had some good years lately, but this coming season could be one where Wis is favored most games and lives up to it. Still it is basketball and minn (or almost anyone else) could shoot out of their minds again. Counting down the days...and looking forward to seeing how Brust is replaced.

go badgersbiggrin


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I think leadership is the last thing we need to worry about with this team. Even if the entire team was made up of "followers", Josh Gasser would be enough. But luckily for us, it's not. I think aside from Josh, you're seeing Frank step up into that role as well.

Other than them, Nigel has that type of personality as well. Seems to come naturally for him. I think Sam and even Trae can fill that role when needed as well.

Really, this team has a little bit of everything. Top end talent, great low post presences, really good shooters, a couple guys who can take people off the bounce, unselfish players, and solid experience and leadership. The sky is the limit this year.
Even though Trae makes some slipshod passes from time to time, It appeared to me that  he was the leader when he was on the court. He is the one that pushed Sam and Frank throughout the season to be more assertive, that they were better than what they were showing. Gasser to a lesser extent, especially in the huddles. I'm not sure how you see Hayes in that role this year. He, like you would expect from a freshman, was pretty quiet last.
I assume you mean that during games he was quiet? Off the court Nigel is probably the most verbal player on the team - but as you note I think Jackson and Gasser are the obvious leaders next year. I think they were probably the primary leaders last year as well!
Yes, on court. And agreed about the leaders. Although Brust was a heck of a spark plug.
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