In the summer of 2015, not just one, but three Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball players joined the NBA.
While Dekker declared for the draft after his junior season, Dukan and Kaminsky made the leap after exhausting their graduation. These three Badgers helped lead Wisconsin to the Final Four two years in a row (2014-2015), which included an appearance in the Finals in 2015.
The Summer of 2016 holds something entirely new for these Badgers.
Frank the Tank appeared in 81 games with three starts and averaged 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.1 minutes per game in his rookie season. Kaminsky went through a surgery to repair a small pocket on air between his lungs and his chest in late June. Kaminsky let everyone know in a funny tweet that his surgery went well.
The team reported that his recovery time is about six weeks.
Kaminsky will not be participating in the Pro Summer League and in his free time he keeps us entertained with his tweets about Game of Thrones and asking the public to a concert. He will also be hosting youth basketball camps in his home state of Illinois and in Wisconsin in late July and early August.
Sam Dekker will be playing in the Rocket’s Summer League after spending most of the past season recovering from back surgery and only making appearances in three NBA games with the Rockets. Dekker played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rocket's D-League-affiliate. He also hosted a youth summer basketball camp in Wisconsin and entertains us with his Twitter.
Dekker tweeted on July 4asking the public where he could hit a few out.
After getting a few responses he stayed true to his word and didn’t say no…
Duje Dukan spent most of this season with the Reno Bighorns, Sacramento’s D-League-affiliate. Dukan only appeared in one game for the Kings NBA team for 24 minutes where he put up six points, grabbed four rebounds, and had one assist. On July 4 it was announced that Dukan was waived by the Kings. Dukan was invited to play this summer on the Kings 2016 NBA Summer League team according to their roster and could be signed by a new team.
The three Badgers were last seen all together back in Madison, Wisconsin in May according to Dukan's instgram. Dukan is at the top of the pyramid and Kaminsky and Dekker are the two standing in the center row.
Hopefully these three will continue on to represent the Badgers in the NBA.