Last May, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky wrote a long blog post to explain his decision to return to the Badgers for his senior season, instead of entering the NBA Draft. His decision wound up working out pretty well—Kaminsky took home a number of national player of the year awards and Wisconsin went to a second straight Final Four and lost in the national title game to Duke.
Now, Kaminsky is off to the NBA with a fantastic college career and a Wisconsin degree in hand, and he has penned the sequel to last year’s screed.
Thinking about what to write here is difficult because there is so much to say, but at the same time it makes me sad. 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. However this is not a blog about my future. This is a blog to say thank you and goodbye to the best thing I have ever known.
Kaminsky takes some time to reflect on his recruitment, and struggles through the first few years at Wisconsin, and then recaps the great successes he and his teammates had during his final two years in Madison. He also takes time to thank his family, coaches, teammates, fans, and the university itself.
To my family and friends…thank you for making an effort to come up to games, having my back on numerous occasions, putting up with my goofiness and treating me like just another guy.
To my teammates…thank you so much for believing in me and being there for me through the highs and lows. You guys are my family now, and what we accomplished together can never be taken away from us.
To the coaches…thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow as a person and a player under your watch. Without you I don’t know if I would be in this position today. Thank you for pushing me towards my dreams and helping me through the tough times.
To the fans…thank you for being the best fans in the country. I dont think any fan base compares to ours. Your loyalty and constant (sometimes overwhelming) support makes our teams feel like there is nothing they cant do.
And finally 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.
The full post is definitely worth a read. We’ll miss Kaminsky in the college game, he’s a very easy guy to root for.