5 non-basketball reasons Frank Kaminsky’s draft stock rose

Thursday June 25th, 2015

Frank Kaminsky is a 7-footer with three-point shooting range and guard-like ball skills, but there are plenty of off-court reasons why he’s worthy of being a first-round NBA draft pick.

The 2015 Naismith and Wooden awards winner showed the nation as much during Wisconsin’s second straight Final Four run this season, pairing with Nigel Hayes, Sam Dekker and the rest of the Badgers to form a team that was not only one of the country’s best, but most entertaining.

Now that Kaminsky is headed to the NBA, let’s run through some off-court occasions that undoubtedly boosted his draft stock.

He has never backed down from sing/dance-offs

This might be peak non-basketball Frank Kaminsky. In this video from November 2014, he showed his comedic chops in a brief skit with Fundamentally Sound, a Wisconsin a cappella group. When the video turned from basketball to singing and dancing, he didn’t back down.

Kaminsky did the same, you might remember, while making an appearance at ESPN studios after this past season.


He knew exactly what to do with the nets the Badgers cut down after reaching the Final Four

Kaminsky probably wasn’t the first player to utilize this tactic when celebrating a Final Four berth, but he definitely pulled it off the best.

Here he is from this past season after a win over Arizona put Wisconsin in the Final Four:

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And in 2014, after another Elite Eight win over Arizona:

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His reaction to Wisconsin getting a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament was hilariously creepy

How could we forget this?


He improved SI’s social media game

Kaminsky took over SI’s Twitter account in May and really kicked the engagement up to a new notch.

Here he is fielding questions from former Arizona star and fellow top draft prospect Stanley Johnson:

Here he is getting to the #facts:

He strongly defended his video game skills

Seriously, he smacked a water bottle off the podium while doing so.

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