Oscar Robertson has handed the U.S. Basketball Writers Association national player of the year trophy to many winners over the years. Perhaps none reflected the Robertson’s versatility like this year’s winner, Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky.
Robertson was a guard who finished at Cincinnati in 1960 before embarking on a stellar NBA career, and Kaminsky is the Badgers’ 7-foot front liner. But both fill a stat line. Kaminski leads the Badgers in scoring (18.7), rebounds (8.0), assists (99), blocks (54), field-goal percentage (54.9) and three-point percentage (41.5).
Robertson had 10 triple-doubles as a college player, and is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double. He accomplished the feat in 1961-62.
“He can shoot from the outside, he can score inside, he’s played very, very well,” Robertson said. “But the triple-doubles don’t mean a lot. It’s whether you win the game and how well you play with your teammates. He’s very good at that.”