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BOZICH | 5 college hoops nuggets -- Kaminsky questions UK loss

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Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky thinks the Badgers should have beaten Kentucky in the Final Four. Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky thinks the Badgers should have beaten Kentucky in the Final Four.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The basketball bounces as relentlessly in July as it does in January:

*Hat tip to John Calipari for crafting a marvelous non-conference schedule for the Kentucky basketball team. Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, UCLA, Louisville, Providence. Nicely done.

What more could anybody want?

Just this -- Wisconsin, especially after Badgers center Frank Kaminsky talked to Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times in this story and had this to say about the Wildcats’ 74-73 victory over the Badgers at the 2014 Final Four:

“I still believe we were the better team in that game. It just didn’t turn out in our favor. It’s frustrating, but we know we can do better.”

I get that, Frank. I also expect Arizona is saying the same thing about that 64-63 regional final game the Wildcats lost to the Badgers. Just a hunch.

With four starters and two top subs returning, the Badgers should be a unanimous pick to win the Big Ten. Kentucky should start the season ranked Number One, but the Badgers will be in the mix with Duke and Arizona for the next spot in the rankings.

No wonder Kaminsky is eager to yap.

“I can’t wait for next season,” Kaminsky told Greenberg. “Everything that we work toward should be for a national championship. Next year should be the type of year where we roll the ball out and we know who is going to win. We just want to see by how much.”

The world will change for Kaminsky and the Badgers this season. He'll be the Big Ten pre-season player of the year -- and anything less than a Big Ten title and repeat trip to the Final Four will be considered a disappointment.

*Clear these dates on your calendar – July 23-27.

That’s when the AAU is bringing its boy’s basketball national event for grades 10-12 to the south wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The tournament is expected to draw 340 teams -- and 900 college coaches. Everybody who is anybody will be in town.

*That AAU event is part of the summer recruiting season, which will start getting silly when coaches can start attending events at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Scout.com, 15 of the Top 50 players in the Class of 2015 have already committed, a list that includes guard Charles Matthews (Scout’s No. 49 player) who plans to play for Calipari at Kentucky.

Scout likes Diamond Stone, a 6-foot-10 center from Milwaukee, as the best player in the class. Rivals prefers Ben Simmons, a 6-8 forward from Montverde Academy in Florida, who has already committed to Louisiana State.

That’s not the end of the debate. ESPN gives its top spot to Ivan Rabb, a 6-11 power forward from Oakland, Calif.

Who is going to break the tie?

That would be 247.com, another recruiting service that picks Simmons as the top player in the class.

*I combined the numbers from all four recruiting services for this consensus Top 10.

1. Ben Simmons, committed to LSU.

2. Ivan Rabb – with Kentucky and Louisville on his list of schools.

3. Malik Newman, 6-3 guard from Jackson, Miss., who lists UK as a possible school.

4. Jaylen Brown, 6-7 forward from Marietta, Ga., who lists UK and U of L as possible schools.

5. Diamond Stone, who lists UK and Indiana as possible schools.

6. Cheick Diallo, 6-9 center from Centereach, N.Y., who lists UK and U of L on his list of schools.

7. Stephen Zimmerman, 6-11 center from Las Vegas, who has U of L, UK and IU on his list of eight finalists.

8. Carlton Bragg, 6-9 forward from Cleveland, who also lists U of L, UK and IU.

9. Henry Ellenson, 6-10 center from Rice Lake, Wisc.

10. Chase Jeter, 6-10 center from Las Vegas.

*This is a perfect time to share the results from the poll I posted on WDRB.com last week, asking readers to pick the top coach in college basketball. ESPN’s group of experts picked Billy Donovan of Florida. I chose Mike Krzyzewski of Duke.

You had a different idea. Not surprising, but different.

Here are the final numbers after nearly 3,000 votes:

1. Rick Pitino, Louisville – 50 percent.

2. John Calipari, Kentucky – 26 percent.

3. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke – 13 percent.

4. Tom Izzo, Michigan State – 6 percent.

5. Billy Donovan, Florida – 3 percent

6. Other – 2 percent

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