Frank Kaminsky III was born April 4, 1993 in Lisle, Illinois. Coming from an athletic family, Kaminsky has always had a love for sports. Kaminsky’s father, Frank, played basketball at Lewis University, while his mother, Mary, played volleyball at Northwestern. Even at a young age, Kaminsky has been around basketball. Kaminsky grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Kaminsky had relatives who worked for the Bulls and Kaminsky was able to meet Jordan briefly as a teenager.
Kaminsky attended Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. He was named first-team all-state by the Chicago Sun-Times and IBCA and second-team all-state by the AP after averaging 14.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 2.8 assists during his senior season.
Following a stellar high school career, Kaminsky committed to the University of Wisconsin where he continued his success on the court. During his four-year career for the Badgers, Kaminsky set numerous records and helped the team advance to the Final Four in 2015. During his senior season, Kaminsky averaged 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point range. The Badgers finished with a 35-3 record while winning the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles.
Following his senior season, Kaminsky was recognized with many prestigious awards for his excellence on the court. In 2015, Kaminsky was named the National college player of the year, a consensus first-team All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year. Kaminsky is the first Wisconsin player to win the award, which started in 1961. He is the third from the Big Ten, joining Ohio State’s Evan Turner in 2010 and Michigan’s Trey Burke in 2013. He also was awarded the Big Ten Tournament MVP
On June 25, 2015, Kaminsky was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets.