Kaminsky Named Unanimous AP All-American

Frank Kaminsky's elite season puts the Wisconsin senior in exclusive company, as the 7-foot center became the second first-team Associated Press All-American in school history.

MADISON - Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky on Monday was a unanimous choice on the 2014-15 Associated Press All-American team.

Kaminsky was the only unanimous selection by the 65-member panel after averaging 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds to help UW reach the Final Four for the second consecutive season. Kaminsky, who also leads the team with 54.9 shooting percentage, 41.5 3-point percentage, 99 assists and 54 blocks, joins Alando Tucker (2007) as UW’s only other AP first-team selection.

Tucker was recognized in 2007 after averaging 19.9 points per game while leading the Badgers to 30 victories.

"It's cool to be named first-team All-American. It's something you dream of as a kid," Kaminsky said in a statement. "To finally be able to do so, it's a good thing and it shows how hard I've worked in my career. To be up there with Alando Tucker is a pretty cool thing."

Combined with first-team nods by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, United States Basketball Writers Association and Sporting News, the AP honor makes Kaminsky a consensus first-team All-American.

A preseason AP All-American, Kaminsky lived up to massive expectations and has the Badgers (35-3) preparing to play Kentucky (38-0) in a national semifinal on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Kaminsky was joined on the first team by Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor, Notre Dame senior guard Jerian Grant, Kentucky junior center Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell. Okafor received all but one first-team vote.

Kaminsky was named to the West Regional All-Tournament team after scoring 19 points against North Carolina in the Sweet 16 and a team-high 29 points in UW’s 85-78 win over Arizona in the Elite Eight.

“You come back to school for moments like this,” he said. “To share it with your teammates, your friends, the people you've been with the last four years of your life, very significant people that are going to be in the rest of your life as well.

“A moment like this is the most memorable moments of our lives, and I'm sure we'll remember this for a very long time, every single guy on this team. I can't be more grateful for the opportunity that the school has given me to be put in this position. I'm just so happy right now.”

During Wisconsin's four NCAA tournament games, Kaminsky is averaging 22.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 51.7 percent field goal shooting and 62.5 percent 3-point shooting.

"Not to be overly patriotic, but we're an American story, that you can do that in this kind of a system," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "Sometimes where it looks like the privileged, the ones that are identified as being great players and can't-miss-type guys, where there can always come that guy from behind in the race and then cross the tape first.

"Frank is that guy who got a little bit later start as far as people noticing his abilities, but that's just a great accomplishment on his part. He took advantage of a chance and has made the most of it."


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