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Coaches vote Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky most coveted DI player

Coaches vote Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky most coveted DI player Photo: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

Wisconsin power forward Frank Kaminsky is the most coveted player in Division I among a group of coaches polled by CBSSports.com.

As part of CBSSports' Candid Coaches series, in which coaches are granted anonymity for answering questions honestly, writers Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Jeff Borzello asked, "If you could pick any Division I player and put him on your team for this season, which Division I player would you pick?"

Here is how they responded:

Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin): 17 percent
Jahlil Okafor (Duke): 16 percent
Fred VanVleet (Wichita State): 15 percent
Marcus Paige (North Carolina): 10 percent
Montrezl Harrell (Louisville): 7 percent
Sam Dekker (Wisconsin): 5 percent

Others receiving multiple votes: Ron Baker (Wichita State), Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky), Andrew Harrison (Kentucky), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona), Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Tyus Jones (Duke), Georges Niang (Iowa State).

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One coach was quoted as saying of Kaminsky, "He's 7-foot, skilled and proven in big games. Hard to beat that."

Kaminsky averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds over 38 games and earned first team All-Big Ten honors as the Badgers posted a 30-8 record and reached the Final Four. The 7-foot, 234-pound center set a program record with 43 points against North Dakota on Nov. 19. Kaminsky is listed as one of SI.com's top prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft, for which he is generally projected as a first-round pick. 

- Chris Johnson

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