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Nobody better: Kaminsky wins Wooden Award, sweeps player of the year honors

first_imgNow, there’s no doubt that Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky is the best player in all of college basketball.With four national Player of the Year awards already won, Kaminsky capped off a remarkable postseason awards list Friday night, winning the Wooden Award – given to the nation’s top player each season – Friday night in Los Angeles.“This has all become pretty overwhelming, but it’s a tremendous honor and I’m humbled by all of the attention,” Kaminsky said. “Winning the Wooden Award and all of the others is something you dream about, but rarely is a reality.Kaminsky won the award over Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant, Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell.The award marks Kaminsky’s fifth Player of the Year accolade. The 7-footer was already named the Associated Press Player of the Year, the Naismith Player of the Year, the USBWA Oscar Robertson Player of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year.Jenna Freeman/The Badger HeraldAs a senior, Kaminsky averaged team-highs in points (18.8), rebounds (8.2), assists (2.64), field goal percentage (54.7 percent) and blocks (57) for Wisconsin and was one steal shy of the team lead with 33.Kaminsky was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection for the all-Big Ten first-team. He was also named an AP All-American and a Wooden All-American.In six NCAA tournament games this season, Kaminsky averaged 22 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while leading the Badgers back to the Final Four for the second-consecutive season and into the national championship game for the first time in 74 years.The Lisle, Illinois native failed to reach double-figures in scoring only once this season while eclipsing the 20-point mark 17 times. He also had 14 double-doubles this season, including three in six NCAA tournament games and back-to-back double-doubles at the Final Four.Kaminsky ended his career as a Badger with 1,458 points which is good for 9th on the all-time scoring list at Wisconsin while his 732 points scored this past season were the most in school history. His 153 career blocks are also a program record. He is only the second player in Wisconsin history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks.Kaminsky still owns the school record for points in a game after he scored 43 against North Dakota on Nov. 19, 2013.“I’m grateful for everyone who has helped me along the way, my family, teammates, coaches, staff and Badgers fans everywhere. My career at Wisconsin has been more than I could have imagined and I will always take the memories and friendships with me wherever I go.”Men’s basketball: Dekker to enter NBA draft, forgo senior season at WisconsinThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be without its top two scorers from the 2014-15 season that saw it advance Read…Along with junior forward Sam Dekker, who announced he is forgoing his senior season to enter the NBA draft Friday, Kaminsky is expected to be a mid-first round draft pick in the NBA draft on June 25th.last_img read more

Sarri uses Napoli formula to ignite Chelsea’s title bid

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Raptors go west, Kawhi Leonard back to Oracle where so much changed No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “We wanted to try with Eden because, for the first time, there was the possibility to play in counterattacks,” Sarri said. “Hazard, Pedro and Willian are really very suitable for this kind of playing, so I think it’s a normal choice. I think that it’s really a very good option.”Whether Sarri opts to use this approach against teams who, unlike City, sit back and defend remains to be seen. It seems ideal for away games — a trip to Brighton is next for Chelsea — and matches against big rivals at home.Giroud and Morata have alternated as the classic target man for Chelsea this season but neither striker has done enough to make the position their own. Morata, in particular, has struggled in his second season in England, with Sarri having said the Spain striker was mentally fragile.Two years ago, it was Conte’s switch to a three-man backline that was the catalyst for a 13-game winning run that blew away its rivals and saw the team cruise to the title.Chelsea is eight points behind first-place Liverpool ahead of a kind schedule of games over the busy festive period in England.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, right, and Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva fight for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in London, Saturday Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)A midseason tactical switch sparked Chelsea’s surge to the Premier League title two years ago under Antonio Conte.Could the same happen under his successor this season?ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img It was a tough weekend for strikers in general in the Premier League.City looked increasingly rudderless at Stamford Bridge without the injured Sergio Aguero and the dropped Gabriel Jesus as Pep Guardiola’s side fell to its first loss of the season. Tottenham went with winger Son Heung-min over the rested Harry Kane or his backup, Fernando Llorente, for its 2-0 win at Leicester. Wolverhampton Wanderers deployed a front three of attacking midfielders in their 2-1 victory at Newcastle.Then there was Liverpool, who started Mohamed Salah as the focal point of its attack against Bournemouth — as opposed to Roberto Firmino — and was rewarded with hat trick from the Egypt forward.The general trend in the English top flight has been for teams to play with one conventional striker up front in recent years but that is being ripped up in a bid for more fluidity and to better stretch defenses.LUKAKU RECOVERSOne of the few strikers to enjoy the weekend was Romelu Lukaku, who was among Manchester United’s scorers in a 4-1 win over Fulham.The Belgium international now has two goals in three league games as he looks to shrug off a slump in form that saw him go the previous 12 games without scoring for his club.Lukaku said he he’d had “good conversations” with United manager Jose Mourinho in recent days because he had not been playing with enough aggression or intensity. He attributed that to bulking up too much at the World Cup in Russia.“When you are in the Premier League, I cannot play with the same amount of muscle as international football here in the Prem(ier League),” Lukaku said. “That was something that when I came back I knew straightaway, ‘No, no, I cannot play in this style like this.’“I had to lose muscle basically, yes. So you just stay out of the gym, drink a lot of water, and a lot of vegetables and fish and it helps.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? For the first time in his debut season at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri deployed a lineup without a genuine striker for the match against Manchester City on Saturday. The result? A 2-0 win over the previously unbeaten leaders that brought Chelsea back into contention for the title.Sarri has previous experience here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAt Napoli, he used diminutive winger Dries Mertens as a makeshift center forward, flanked by two small guys in Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon in a fluid, mobile front three. Mertens responded with 46 goals in two seasons, Napoli was one of the most thrilling teams to watch in Europe, and Sarri’s side almost ended Juventus’ domination of Serie A.Against City, Sarri dropped Alvaro Morata from the squad, left fellow striker Olivier Giroud on the bench and started with Eden Hazard as the so-called “false nine” with Willian and Pedro Rodriguez on either side. Hazard struggled at first — he was seen throwing his arms out in despair at times — but grew into the role and finished the game with two assists. View commentslast_img read more