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Former Wisconsin Basketball Star Frank Kaminsky Inks New Deal

Frank the Tank inks a new deal overseas.



Wisconsin basketball; Badgers star center Frank Kaminsky
Apr 6, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky before the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Championship game against the Duke Blue Devils at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Former Wisconsin basketball star Frank Kaminsky has officially closed the chapter on his eight-year NBA career.

After leaving a lasting legacy on the college basketball scene, Kaminsky was selected No. 9 in the 2015 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He went on to play in Charlotte for four seasons, then three with the Phoenix Suns, and spent his eighth and final NBA season splitting time between the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets.

Across eight seasons as a key role player, Kaminsky appeared in 413 games, averaging 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 19.8 minutes per game.

However, the time has come for Frank the Tank to explore new horizons and sign a one-year deal with KK Partizan Mozzart Bet, a renowned basketball club based overseas.

Let’s look closer at Kaminsky’s storied career and his decision to continue his basketball journey abroad.

Frank Kaminsky Was a College Superstar for the Wisconsin Basketball Program.

Frank Kaminsky had one of the most unique basketball ascensions I can remember. The 7-footer was a lightly recruited three-star center out of Benet Academy in Illinois that became the best college basketball player in the country and helped put Wisconsin on the map.

Behind the dynamic duo of Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, Wisconsin basketball went to back-to-back final fours under head coach Bo Ryan. They led the Badgers on an unforgettable run to the title game in 2015.

During Kaminsky’s time in Madison, he developed into one of the most versatile and dominant inside-out big men in college basketball history. Franky footwork was an absolute menace.


Rightfully so, Frank Kaminsky’s No. 44 hangs in the Kohl Center rafters.

Final Thoughts on Frank Kaminsky & His New Chapter 

KK Partizan Mozzart Bet, one of Europe’s most historically successful basketball clubs, has signed Frank Kaminsky to bolster their frontcourt. A move that should prove to be mutually beneficial. 

The Serbian club has a rich tradition of developing talented players, making it an enticing destination for Kaminsky as he looks to continue his basketball journey. The move to Europe will give him new challenges, experiences, and opportunities to showcase his talents internationally — and potentially give him another chance at the NBA if he so desires.

Kaminsky possesses a unique combination of size, shooting touch, and ball-handling abilities that should translate exceptionally well to the European brand of basketball. The Illinois native’s ability to stretch the floor with his outside shooting and create mismatches will continue to make him a valuable asset for any team he plays for now or in the future. 

Playing eight seasons in the NBA is an incredible feat that Wisconsin basketball fans couldn’t be more proud of. Wherever Frank the Tank goes, Badgers fans will support him—and if this is the end of his journey in the association, tip of the cap on an incredible run in the NBA.

Dillon Graff is a Substack newsletter best-selling author, publisher of AllBadgers, and the owner of, your go-to source for in-depth coverage of the Wisconsin Badgers. His work has been featured in top media publications like USA Today's BadgersWire, Athlon Sports, Bleacher Report, Verbal Commits, Bucky's 5th Quarter, and FanSided.