Sunday Sit Down: Frank Kaminsky talks Wisconsin, MSG, karaoke, more
Described by his father, Frank Sr., as “a goof,” Kaminsky is also known for some good one-liners. After scoring 22 points and grabbing nine boards in Wisconsin’s 69-64 overtime win at Michigan Saturday, he is the first to take part in our new weekly Q&A, the Sunday Sit Down.
SI.com: Eight seconds left, game on the line -- which current college basketball player do you want taking the big shot? You can’t pick a teammate.
SI.com: Who do you want defending the big shot? Also can’t pick a teammate.
Kaminsky: I pick Aaron Craft. He can come back for his NCAA-approved fifth year.
SI.com: Why is your team better than people think?
Kaminsky: Man, I thought you said this wasn’t going to be hard.
SI.com: Come on, aren’t these questions better than "what’s your favorite color?"
Kaminsky. True. OK, we’re better because we over-prepare for everything.
SI.com: What one weird thing do you keep in your backpack or basketball bag?
Kaminsky: I keep a shell that I found on the beach in high school.
SI.com: Does it have any significance?
Kaminsky: Nope, just found it and it was cool and just haven’t taken it out.
SI.com: Who’s your favorite follow on Twitter?
Kaminsky: The Iron Sheik.
SI.com: Who’s your celebrity crush?
Kaminsky: That’s tough, because she just had a baby, so I might have to throw her away. It was Blake Lively but it can’t be anymore.
SI.com: Because … you aren’t into people who have children?
Kaminsky: Yeah, kids make it complicated. So we’ll go with Katy Perry.
SI.com: Best dunk you’ve done/seen live?
Kaminsky: Vince Carter jumping over that guy in the Olympics.
SI.com: Favorite March Madness memory?
Kaminsky: Going to the Final Four last year.
SI.com: You’re an NBA GM with the first pick in the 2015 draft. Who are you taking and why?
SI.com: In their primes, are you taking LeBron or Kobe?
SI.com: What’s the dumbest mistake you’ve ever made on a basketball court?
Kaminsky: Hmm. Probably scoring for the other team. I’m sure I’ve done that at some point.
SI.com: Uh, recently?
Kaminsky: No, when I was younger.
SI.com: What is Coach Ryan’s favorite saying or phrase to yell in practice?
Kaminsky: “It’s a white warsh!” It’s supposed to be a white wash but he says it warsh. He loves saying that for some reason.
SI.com: Which venue do you most want to play in?
Kaminsky: I’ve always wanted to play at Madison Square Garden. I think that would be awesome.
SI.com: I think you’re right. Who on your team would make the best coach someday and why?
Kaminsky: (Senior guard) Josh (Gasser), because he’s a great leader.
SI.com: Which teammate are you singing a karaoke duet with, and what’s your song of choice?
Kaminsky: This is tough. (Junior guard) Jordan Smith, and we’re singing “No Lie” by 2 Chainz.