On Monday, the Big Ten announced the selections for All-Big Ten teams and Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky was named a unanimous first-team selection. Kaminsky went from unheralded sophomore to first-team quickly this season.
“I’m honored that people think I’m worthy of first-team All-Big Ten and I’m happy that I’m able to contribute to the team success we’re having,” Kaminsky said. “When you come into the program you hear all about the great players who have come before you and made Wisconsin what it is. I’m humbled to be in that company.”
While Kaminsky may not have stood out in major categories, his overall game was one of the best in the Big Ten. Kaminsky ranked in the top 15 of the Big Ten in five major categories.
He finished the regular season averaging 12.7 points per game in Big Ten play (14th in the B1G), had 6.7 rebounds per game (4th), shot 50.3 percent from the field (7th), was eight in free-throw shooting (81.3 percent) and blocked 1.7 shots per game (6th).
For the year, Kaminsky is averaging 13.4 points per game (14th in B1G), 6.4 rebounds per game (8th), shot 52.8 percent from the field (5th), 79 percent from the free-throw line (10th) and averaged 1.7 blocks per game (7th).
The turnaround from sophomore to junior year was tremendous—Kaminsky upped his average by nearly 10 points per game, five rebounds a game and shot the ball nearly 20 percent better from the field.
Kaminsky was joined on the first-team by Terran Petteway (Nebraska), Nic Stauskas (Michigan), Garry Harris (MSU) and Devyn Marble (Iowa). All five players were unanimous first-team picks.
Wisconsin's Sam Dekker was named named to the second-team by the coaches, but not the media—where he was named to the third-team.
Freshman Nigel Hayes earned Sixth Man of the Year and was named to the B1G All-Freshman Team. His Sixth Man of the Year honor was just the second ever for the Badgers, as Jason Bohannon grabbed the award in 2008.
Hayes went all-humble in his response to finding out he was Sixth Man of the Year.
“It’s always great when you can receive an individual honor but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates so I look at this as a team award,” Hayes said. “Team success is always important and to be recognized as one of the conference’s best reserves is an honor I will share with my teammates.”
Ben Brust, Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson all earned honorable mention All-Big Ten mentions. Gasser also added a selection to the B1G's All-Defense team.