Basketball season is over, and Frank Kaminsky has graduated, meaning that while he'll always be a Badger, his time at the University of Wisconsin is over.
The seven-foot native of Lisle took the time Friday to publish a farewell message to the university and the basketball program, calling his time in Madison the best four years of his life.
"Writing this blog means that my time at Wisconsin has come to an end, and I am now officially reflecting on the past. Thinking about what to write here is difficult because there is so much to say, but at the same time it makes me sad," Kaminsky wrote. "First and foremost, I have never loved being a part of something as much as I loved being a student-athlete at the greatest university in the world. Thinking about the future is scary, but I know that I am now ready for it."
Kaminsky just wrapped up an amazing senior season with the Badgers, earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors and just about every national player of the year award imaginable. He'll most certainly be selected in next month's NBA Draft. Kaminsky points out that that wasn't always believed to be a possibility, though, retracing his first two seasons of hard work and not much to show for it before he blossomed into one of college basketball's best players.
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"Our story as a team has been so well documented that there really is no need to go into it here with any great detail. But I will say this, it was the best time of my entire life," Kaminsky wrote. "Every single day was better than the previous one. I have no regrets at all about my basketball career at Wisconsin, especially because no one expected me to achieve what I achieved except me."
And as with any college graduate, Kaminsky had plenty of thanks to hand out as he reflected on a life-changing four years.
"To the University of Wisconsin-Madison ... thank you for having me. You have no idea how much you have changed my life. I could not think of a better place in the entire world. I was born and raised in Illinois, but I am proud to say that Wisconsin has turned me into the man I am today.
"Leaving Wisconsin for the last time as a student and the first time as an alumni was very difficult, but I am very excited about my future and I know I will carry Wisconsin with me wherever I go."