An Unexpected Surprise

Invited up to Madison for an unofficial visit, 2011 center Frank Kaminsky was under the assumption that he was simply going to get a chance to see the school and get some answers to some questions. What actually happened has jump started Kaminsky's recruitment.

MADISON - All Frank Kaminsky thought he was doing was taking a tour of a school that showed some early interest in him.

The last thing the 6-foot-10, 220-pound 2011 center from Lisle (Ill) Benet Academy was expecting was adding another scholarship next to his early offers from Bradley and Northern Illinois.

"I was shocked, to be honest," Kaminsky told Badger Nation Thursday night after Wisconsin offered him his first BCS scholarship. "I wasn't expecting that."

Kaminsky had only been in contact with assistant coach Howard Moore for about three weeks, although Moore had been keeping tabs on him through his high school coach. What Moore saw was what Wisconsin loves in a post player – a big man with size that has the ability to mix it up in the paint or step out and shoot a perimeter shot.

When word got back to Bo Ryan about the find, Wisconsin's Head Coach did not waste anytime, inviting him on an unofficial visit Thursday to make the offer.

"We got into (Coach Ryan's) office and we talked about the school and answered all of our questions," Kaminsky said. "We had a real good conversation about the school and had a real good conversation with the academic advisers. The offer made me change my whole outlook on the school."

Even before the offer, Kaminsky was thrilled by what he saw when he arrived on campus late Wednesday night.

"I wanted to get a look at the town (and) I loved everything about it with the lakes and everything," he said. "The campus was really cool and I liked it a lot. All the people looked really look. All the places looked really cool. The school looked awesome. I loved the Kohl Center. I loved the facilities, the locker room, the practice gym, it was all great."

A member of the Illinois Wolves AAU program, Kaminsky has been the big benefactor playing along side blue-chip recruits Nnanna Egwu and Chasson Randle.

"I am playing against the best competition every week," Kaminsky said. "Mr. Mullins (AAU coach) wants us to be playing the best teams and not have the easy route to the championship. He wants us to play our best basketball in these tournaments. I am playing with some really good players and we all play hard all the time. They make me a lot better because I learn stuff with them while I am playing with them."

Kaminsky is still planning on taking more visits, heading to Northwestern on Saturday and hoping to take a visit to Indiana down the road, as well. With his head still buzzing from his first big scholarship offer, Kaminsky's recruiting journey just got more intriguing.

"I am going to take some time to think about it and take it all in," Kaminsky said. "Hopefully, I will be able to make my decision when the time is right."


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