By Joe Henricksen
Aside from Perspectives' Anthony Davis, no player in the state of Illinois has seen his recruiting stock rise more than Benet Academy big man Frank Kaminsky in the Class of 2011. A year ago the 6-10 Kaminsky was hardly a blip on the recruiting radar. Now he's headed to the Big Ten.
Wisconsin, led by lead recruiter Howard Moore, received a verbal commitment from Kaminsky, who plays his club basketball for coach Mike Mullins and the Illinois Wolves. The Badgers continue to recruit the Chicagoland area hard as Kaminsky joins Brooks point guard George Marshall as future Badgers in the Class of 2011, which follows up the 2010 recruiting class of Mundelein's Ben Brust and Deerfield's Duje Dukan.
Kaminsky, who should pack on weight and strength once he gets on a college strength and conditioning program, certainly fits the mold of Wisconsin big men. While he's still trying to become a factor on the block and in the paint, he has the ability to step outside and knock down perimeter shots and with some range. He helped lead coach Gene Heidkamp's Benet Academy team to a supersectional appearance last March and will be a focal point, along with guard David Sobolewski, this upcoming season for a team that will be preseason ranked.