Madison, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky explained his decision to return in a blog, saying the NBA cannot match the excitement he expects to experience with the Badgers next season.
“I am at the pinnacle of my basketball playing career, at least in my eyes. I know the NBA has their crazy fans and all, but if you look at all of their games, there are games when teams like the Bobcats get hardly any fans, and it looks flat out boring,” Kaminsky said.
“At the Kohl Center, we play in front of nearly 17,000 fans every single time we step onto the court. When we travel, we play in front of sell out crowds who absolutely hate us. Not because of who is on the team, but because of where we go to school. Who could leave that?” he added.
Despite his aspirations to play in the NBA, particularly for the Chicago Bulls, Kaminsky officially announced his decision to return to school last week.
“I know I am going to college and pursuing my degree free of charge, but it comes to a point where you are tired of being broke. I hate looking in my bank account at the end of the month and seeing $20 left in there. The appeal of potentially a lot of money would entice any collegiate athlete, or any college student for that matter,” he said.
Kaminsky expects the Badgers, who made the Final Four last season and will lose just one starter to be a force again this coming season.
“With the pieces we have returning, I believe we can win the Big Ten, and even win the whole damn thing,” he said.
Kaminsky led the Badgers in scoring (13.9 points per game) and rebounds (6.3) last season, both career highs, and averaged highs in minutes (27.2 per game) and field goal percentage (.528).
He was a first-team all-Big Ten selection and named the most outstanding player in the NCAA West Regional.