Chicago-area native Frank Kaminsky is about to get the hometown celebration he deserves.

Benet Academy will honor the Wisconsin big man by retiring his jersey.

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Kaminsky hooped it up at Benet from 2007 to 2011, and after winning the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and just about every other national player of the year honor under the sun, his old school is going to retire his No. 44.

According to the Naperville Sun, Lisle mayor Joe Broda has also declared Thursday "Frank Kaminsky Day" in the city.

In addition to being recognized by just about everyone as the national player of the year in college basketball, Kaminsky was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and helped lead the Badgers to the Final Four for the second consecutive season. Wisconsin fell to Duke in the national championship game last week.

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After barely playing during his freshman and sophomore years in Madison, Kaminsky blossomed into one of the finest players in college basketball over the past two seasons. He averaged 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this past season, flashing a bounty of post moves in addition to some spot-on 3-point shooting.


Kaminsky also gained fans across the country with his off-the-court personality and antics. He graced magazine covers, showed off some goofy dance moves on national television and even got to interview Will Ferrell — from whom he took the nickname "Frank the Tank" — for "Access Hollywood" while the Badgers were out in Los Angeles.