Next up on our countdown of the RTC all-Big Ten players is Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky. Bo Ryan’s had big men who could shoot over the past few years, Keaton Nankivil and Brian Butch, to name a couple, but Kaminsky is very unique because of his agility to drive to the basket and hit the perimeter shot with ease. Without Kaminsky’s 13.3 PPG, the Badgers wouldn’t be second in the Big Ten with regards to scoring – averaging 1.13 points per possession. Outside of just pure scoring, his main contribution to the team is his versatility and flexibility.
Why Frank Kaminsky is the fifth best player in the league: During the first two months of the season, Kaminsky showed that he can put up point with ease but the main reason behind his ranking in the league is his performance over the last five games. During a key stretch, he averaged 17.4 PPG against the likes of Iowa, Indiana and Michigan. After a mid-season slump when the Badgers lost five games and were almost ready to drop out of the top-25, Kaminsky led them back to the top-15 status and potentially making them a lock for a top-3 seed. It is clear that he isn’t just a three-point shooter anymore as he has begun to attack the basket consistently with a signature turnaround move in the paint. Few big men can come out to the perimeter to guard his three-point shot off the pick-and-roll and at the same time cycle back on defense if he chooses to take it to the rack. His versatility is indicated the following metrics: 62.9 TS% and 41% 3FG.