Frank Kaminsky, Final Four, State Journal photo

Frank Kaminsky reacts after hitting a 3-pointer in the Badgers' win over previously undefeated Kentucky in the 2015 Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL ARCHIVES

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program will honor Frank Kaminsky by hanging his jersey in the rafters at the Kohl Center.

Kaminsky, who’s in his third season with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, will be honored Feb. 15 during halftime of the Badgers’ game against visiting Purdue.

According to a news release, the No. 44 jersey will remain in circulation at UW. Kaminsky’s number will be the second to hang in the Kohl Center rafters, joining Ab Nicholas’ No. 8.

“When I committed to play at Wisconsin, I had big dreams about what my time on campus would be like,” Kaminsky said in a statement. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having my number hanging in the Kohl Center rafters. I'm truly honored by this recognition and I can't wait to come back to Madison in February. My hope is that my number can serve as a symbol of all the great teammates, coaches and staff members I was lucky enough to be around every day, but also the best fans in the world who supported us during our run. This is truly a dream come true.”

Kaminsky played for the Badgers from 2011-2015, going from a role player who posted modest numbers his first two seasons to a force on back-to-back Final Four teams.

As a senior, Kaminsky became the first player in program history to win the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award while helping the Badgers reach the 2015 NCAA tournament title game. The 7-foot center led UW with 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game en route to becoming the third UW player to win Big Ten Player of the Year honors.

Kaminsky is averaging 10.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this season for the Hornets, who drafted him ninth overall in the 2015 NBA draft.

“We are thrilled that Frank will be back in the Kohl Center for this special recognition of all that he accomplished as a student-athlete," UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement.

“His years with our basketball program were truly special and I am very pleased that we will be able to honor him in this way.”

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