Howard Moore in National Spotlight via His UW Recruit Frank Kaminsky

Howard Moore has been answering questions all week about Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky and the Badgers Final Four run.
Howard Moore has been answering questions all week about Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky and the Badgers Final Four run.

April 2, 2014

CHICAGO - With NCAA Final Four action just days away, UIC head men's basketball coach Howard Moore has been answering a flood of questions this week from national media about Wisconsin's Final Four run and its star center Frank Kaminsky.  Moore recruited the 7-foot Kaminsky to Madison in the spring of 2010, just months before Moore was tabbed to be the Flames' head coach. Moore served on the UW coaching staff as an assistant for five seasons and also played collegiately for the Badgers.

Kaminsky flew under the radar during his high school days at Benet Academy, but Moore saw potential in the "raw, 6-10 kid" from Lisle, Ill., and convinced Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan to offer him a scholarship. 

The Badgers will face powerhouse Kentucky in the national semifinals on Saturday night after ousting No. 1 seed Arizona in the Elite Eight.  Kaminsky led the way with 28 points and 11 rebounds to give Bo Ryan his first Final Four appearance.

See below for a collection of articles featuring Howard Moore and his connection to Kaminsky and Wisconsin Basketball...

Moore became more enamored with Kaminsky over the course of his junior season, especially after his performance in the state tournament. By the time Kaminsky followed that up with a breakout spring for his AAU program, Moore had already started to urge Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to offer a scholarship to Kaminsky before another Big Ten-level program beat them to the punch.

"I just thought it was a no brainer because it was a perfect fit between what coach likes to have in bigs and what Frankie's abilities were," Moore said. "You saw a huge growth in Frank's game and his demeanor and his confidence over that short period of time. You look at that, his skill set, his size and his basketball IQ, and I was like, 'Wow, this kid can be really good.'"



Yahoo Sports (Jeff EisenbergFULL ARTICLE

When Howard Moore walked into the Hinsdale Central High School gym on March 16, 2010, he wasn't exactly expecting to find the player who four years later would lead Wisconsin to the Final Four.

As it was, the Badgers weren't really in play for Simeon freshman phenom Jabari Parker.

No, the then-assistant Wisconsin coach in charge of recruiting Chicago wasn't there to see Parker. The Badgers, who had lost out on St. Ignatius forward Nnanna Egwu to Illinois, were in need of a big man.

And that night in Hinsdale, Moore found his guy.

"I saw a raw, 6-10 kid that was very, very skilled," Moore, now Illinois-Chicago's head coach, told on Tuesday. "He had the ability to pass and shoot. He did a lot of nice things as a basketball player."

That player was Frank Kaminsky, then a junior at Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill., and future star of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

CBS Chicago (Adam Hoge)  FULL ARTICLE

"I'd be a liar if I told you I saw him doing what he's doing now," said Illinois-Chicago coach Howard Moore, who recruited him as a Wisconsin assistant.

Yet there were signs that Kaminsky would eventually epitomize Wisconsin's style. In a 2011 game between the No. 1 and No. 2 high-school teams in Illinois, Kaminsky's Benet Academy played Simeon, a Chicago team that featured a young Jabari Parker, a high-school sophomore already seen as an NBA talent.

Wall Street Journal (Ben CoehnFULL ARTICLE

Howard Moore just finished a 6-25 season, yet the men's basketball head coach at University of Illinois at Chicago is all smiles.

That's because his alma mater, Wisconsin, where Moore played and served as an assistant for five seasons under Bo Ryan, is headed to the Final Four.

DNAinfo Chicago (Justin Breen)  FULL ARTICLE

Moore compared Kaminsky to Kurt Portmann, a similarly skilled big man who played at Wisconsin in the 1980s. Unfortunately for Portmann, the inside-out game he and Kaminsky have in common was viewed as soft. With basketball trending toward big men who can stretch the floor, that style is appealing.

Chicago Sun-Times (Seth Gruen)  FULL ARTICLE - published on Jan. 14