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Wisconsin basketball: Frank Kaminsky awarded Wooden Trophy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

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The 7-foot senior takes home the Wooden Trophy as National Player of the Year.

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This time, for real, Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky has been awarded the 2015 John R. Wooden Award.

At the inaugural ESPN College Basketball Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles Friday, Kaminsky was announced the recipient of the heralded award.

This is Kaminsky's fifth national player of the year award this season -- as he's now swept the major player of the year awards. In the past two weeks, he was also awarded the AP and NABC Player of the Year honors, along with the Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA) and the Naismith Trophy.

Earlier in the ceremony, Kaminsky was also named the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award as the nation's top center.

Kaminsky averaged 18.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game in the 2014-2015 season, including 21 points and 12 rebounds in the 68-63 loss to Duke in the national championship game Monday night.

There was initial confusion earlier Friday, when an initial press release was sent out declaring Kaminsky the winner of the Wooden Trophy, though it was later noted a "glitch" prematurely sent out two press releases where two finalists were declared the winner.

Friday evening, however, they left no doubt who would take home the National Player of the Year honors.

Here's the official release from the Wisconsin athletic department:

Kaminsky wins John R. Wooden Award as National Player of Year
Senior forward sweeps National Player of the Year awards for 2014-15

April 10, 2015

LOS ANGELES - Wisconsin men's basketball senior Frank Kaminsky was officially announced the winner of the 2015 John R. Wooden Award on Friday before a live audience at Club Nokia during the inaugural ESPN College Basketball Awards.

"This has all become pretty overwhelming, but it's a tremendous honor and I'm humbled by all of the attention," Kaminsky said. "Winning the Wooden Award and all of the others is something you dream about, but rarely is a reality.

"I'm grateful for everyone who has helped me along the way, my family, teammates, coaches, staff and Badgers fans everywhere. My career at Wisconsin has been more than I could have imagined and I will always take the memories and friendships with me wherever I go."

Kaminsky becomes the first Wisconsin player to win the award and adds the latest trophy to a collection of accolades that already included the Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy, plus Associated Press and The Sporting News National Player of the Year honors.

Also part of the ESPN award show, Kaminsky was named the winner of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award as the country's top center.

The Wooden Award was decided on by a voting base of nearly 1,000 college basketball experts throughout the nation, who ranked players from 10 to 1, and fans voted through a fan voting site. Voters could consider performance through the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament.

The 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year, Kaminsky became a consensus first-team All-American after receiving first-team nods from the Associated Press, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the United States Basketball Writers Association and The Sporting News. He is the first Badger to earn consensus All-America honors at Wisconsin since Alando Tucker in 2007.

Just the third preseason AP All-American in school history, Kaminsky validated the accolades and led the Badgers in points (18.8), rebounds (8.2), assists (103), blocks (57), field goal percentage (.547) and 3-point field goal percentage (.416). He also paced the Badgers in free throws (156) and free throw attempts (200) and averaged 78.0 percent shooting at the free throw line.

Kaminsky led Wisconsin to back-to-back Final Four runs, including reaching the national championship game this season. The 7-footer from Lisle, Illinois, had 20 points and 11 rebounds in UW's win over Kentucky in the Final Four semifinals.