Wisconsin Center Frank Kaminsky, a Lisle native who did his prep ball at Benet Academy, is the front-runner to win the Naismith and Wooden awards; basketball’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Kaminsky’s biggest competition for the awards is Duke Center Jahlil Okafor, a Whitney Young Magnet school product. Both Kaminsky and his teammate Duje Dukan are huge Chicago Bulls fans.
This year, the two best players are from Chicagoland and this phenomenon continues the strong tradition within a region that’s known for talent.
“So many good players across the board have come out of this area and there will continue to be good players,” said Kaminsky.Follow paulmbanks