The consensus national player of the year only had to wait an hour to hear his name called, as the Charlotte Hornets selected Kaminsky ninth overall in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
"Going in the top 10 is something I never thought I'd be doing," said Kaminsky. "I'm just very grateful for the opportunity."
He is the first top 10 pick for Wisconsin since Devin Harris was selected fifth in 2004. When Sam Dekker was drafted No.18 by the Houston Rockets, who traded up to get him, the duo became the first two Wisconsin players selected in the first round of the same draft.
Kaminsky delivered one of the greatest seasons in Wisconsin basketball history, helping lead the Badgers to the national championship game for the first time since 1941. The 7-footer from Lisle, Illinois, led the Badgers in points (18.8), rebounds (8.2), assists (103), blocks (57), field goal percentage (.547), 3-point field goal percentage (.416), free throws (156) and free throw attempts (200)."(Staying for my senior year) really prepared me," said Kaminsky. "Having to go through some tough times in college really made me better for this. I had a great last year in college and really propelled me in the NBA draft."
The only player in NCAA Division I to average at least 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game, Kaminsky was the consensus national player of the year, winning every major award possible while also leading the Badgers to a sweep of the Big Ten championships.
Not bad for a player who averaged only 10.3 minutes and 4.2 points as a sophomore two years ago. In fact, Kaminsky was so dominate in his last two years that he scored 1,262 of his 1,458 career collegiate points, hypothetically putting him 18th in school history.
All his points combined put him ninth; evidently a new lucky number for him.The Hornets have been busy leading up to the draft, making three trades in the last 10 days in an effort to improve their outside shooting. They were rumored to be in discussions to trade the pick but decided to pass on Justise Winslow and Devin Booker to take Kaminsky.