Frank Kaminsky III cut a piece of twine from the net at Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday. Delirious Wisconsin fans showered him with chants of “Frank the Tank!” The 7-footer has never stood taller. He wasn’t always The Tank. Francis Stanley Kaminsky’s family used to call the boy “The Turd” because he had trouble pronouncing “the third” when he told people his name. But it’s been The Tank since the 2003 film “Old School.” It has stayed with him even though it’s a complete misnomer. Tanks go through and over people. That’s not his game. And everyone knows when a tank is coming, but there is nothing obvious about Kamisnky. Until he’s beaten you, that is. When big men guard him, the Badgers junior lures them away from the basket where he shoots 3-pointers with disarming accuracy. Put someone smaller on him, and they will spend the day trying to cope with an attack of pump fakes and inside moves. Kaminsky gave Arizona a little of each as he went for 28 points and 11 rebounds Saturday, Wisconsin taking out the top seed, 64-63, in overtime, to claim a spot in the Final Four. He’s never what you are expecting. He barely looks like a ballplayer with his narrow build and sleepy-looking eyes. Yet Kaminsky is the most dangerous weapon on one of the best teams in the country. He’s funny, too. On Friday, the Wisconsin starters were asked how they’d want an opponent to think of their team. Ben Brust said “resilient,” Sam Dekker said “disciplined.” Josh Gasser said “unslefish,” Traevon Jackson said “tough.” Kaminsky thought a moment and answered “white guys,” breaking up all his teammates and room full of media.
Frank Kaminsky big reason why Wisconsin is in Final Four
New York Daily News | Apr 1