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Hornets make Badgers' Frank Kaminsky the No. 9 pick of NBA Draft


Hornets make Badgers' Frank Kaminsky the No. 9 pick of NBA Draft

Once an unheralded recruit, Frank Kaminsky blossomed into the best player in college basketball. And now he's a first-round NBA Draft pick.

Michael Jordan's Charlotte Hornets used the No. 9 pick in the draft to make Kaminsky, a Lisle native and Benet Academy alum, the highest-selected Wisconsin Badger in more than 10 years. Only three Wisconsin players have ever been picked higher than Kaminsky. Devin Harris was the most recent, the No. 5 overall pick in 2004.

Kaminsky was the brightest star in college hoops last season, mixing skill and personality to become a rock star. He won every national player of the year award under the sun, was tabbed as the Big Ten's Player of the Year and led his Badgers to the second of two consecutive Final Four appearances. He averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game last season.

Kaminsky wowed on the offensive end of the floor with an unending series of post moves and a deadly accurate 3-point shot. He scored 25 points or more in six games this past season.

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Kaminsky, who really broke out nationally with a terrific NCAA tournament in 2014, was again superb come March Madness this past season. He scored 27 points in a Round of 64 win over Coastal Carolina and followed that up with 16 points against Oregon and 19 points against North Carolina. He then had a huge 29-point effort in Wisconsin's Elite Eight win over Arizona and scored 20 points in the Final Four victory over Kentucky. And even in a loss to Duke in the national title game, he scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Kaminsky is the fourth Badger selected during the Bo Ryan Era at Wisconsin. He was preceded by Harris in 2004, Alando Tucker in 2007 and Jon Leuer in 2011. Kaminsky's teammate, Sam Dekker, became the fifth with the No. 18 pick in Thursday's draft.

After their selections, Ryan made this statement.

“This is a very proud moment for the University of Wisconsin basketball program to have two guys go in the first round. That is special,” Ryan said. “And who knows, we may have some other guys that maybe didn’t go in the first round but still might end up playing at the highest level. I wouldn’t be surprised. But I’m very proud of Frank and Sam, and I’m sure everyone else takes the same pride in their accomplishments and now they’ve been rewarded professionally.”

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.