FRANK Kaminsky is looking forward of playing under the great Michael Jordan with the Charlotte Hornets.
The 2015 National Player of the Year was selected ninth overall in the NBA Draft Friday morning (Manila time) by Jordan, the Hornets president for basketball operations, and generally considered as the greatest player of all time.
Kaminsky said he wasn’t able to work out with the Hornets during draft camp, but the Wisconsin Badger standout remained excited to play for the team and for the six-time NBA champion who he refers to as the best player ever.
“He’s the best basketball player that ever lived,” said Kaminsky during the Cisco Telepresence conference on Friday with foreign media.
“Obviously, I’m very excited about the opportunity to play under him. I can learn a lot from him. He knows what he is talking about so when he speaks, I’m going to listen.”
Kaminsky led Wisconsin to back-to-back Final Four appearances while reaching the national championship game in his senior year. Kaminsky finished his collegiate career as the second Badger to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 blocks.
He said being picked in the top 10 was a testament to his hardwork in college, which he will continue to bring in the NBA.
“Winning Player of the Year gave me confidence. It really showed by being in the Top 10. I’m willing to forge my own path. I want to have a successful career and I’ll do anything to make it happen,” said Kaminsky.
Charlotte missed out the playoffs last season, but Kaminsky isn’t promising to be the savior of the Hornets.
“I’m not saying that I’m coming in with all the answers but I feel that I can play a lot of positions and play it well,” he added.