The Big Ten Network announced its all-decade first team a couple of days ago, thus giving us the five finalists for Friday’s announcement of the best player of the decade, and, while biased, we thought Wisconsin Badgers basketball legend and consensus national player of the year in 2015 Frank Kaminsky had a pretty good shot.
Well, as usual, we were right.
THE BEST basketball player in the Big Ten during the 2010s decade:— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) June 26, 2020
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Over his career Kaminsky was named first team All-B1G twice, B1G Player of the Year once and B1G Player of the Week a school record six times. He holds the school’s single game scoring record (43 points against North Dakota) and set UW’s career blocks record with 153. In his senior season he led the Badgers in points (18.8), rebounds (8.2), assists (103), blocks (57), FG% (.547), 3FG% (.416), FTs (156), FTAs (200), and was second for steals (33). He also helped the Badgers to back to back Final Fours, in case you forgot about all that.
“You just think about all the great players that have played in the B1G conference over the last decade and to be named the best one...that’s pretty special,” Kaminsky said in an interview with Mike Hall of BTN.
Hall also awarded Kaminsky with the “Goofball of the Decade” award, which is pretty prestigious as well. Fellow Badger and current BTN analyst Ben Brust added, ““In this decade, nobody has the resume as that doofus Frank Kaminsky and I love him.”