NCAA Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

04/05/15

Frank Kaminsky's Girlfriend Deme Morales


Frank Kaminsky's girlfriend Deme Morales never could have seen it coming.

Despite a breakout performance in the 2014 NCAA Men's Tournament where Kaminsky was named West Region Most Outstanding Player, most never saw this. The 2014-2015 AP Player of the Year was the appetizer to a dominant tournament, where Kaminsky has Wisconsin one game away from being crowned national champions.

Unlike teammate Sam Dekker's girlfriend, Frank Kaminsky's girlfriend Deme Morales is a fellow Badger. Morales is a fellow senior majoring in Life Sciences, while also helping to lead the Lady Badgers Volleyball team to a Big 10 Championship.

Morales is of course an avid Wisconsin basketball fan, with her Instagram account littered with excited Wisconsin student section selfies (groupsies? God I hate 2015 words). Morales is no doubt in Indianapolis for one final game in a legendary career of an all-time Wisconsin great. With Morales a few short weeks away from graduation, she should be free to travel wherever Kaminsky's NBA career takes him. Best of luck!

04/03/15

Sam Dekker's Girlfriend Bailey Scheich


I don't know why it's always such a big deal when a player happens to be dating someone from a "rival" school. It's called having a life, guys. Sam Dekker's girlfriend Bailey Scheich is just such a rival school girl. The fact that Bailey goes to Michigan was probably a topic of conversation for like 2 seconds until Sam moved on to the "so, you're really hot" vibe. I'm not even sure Michigan is classified as a rival with Wisconsin, actually, and I think other sites got it wrong and thought she went to MSU, which she certainly does not.

Bailey's Twitter feed is not half bad. She featured a Vine of Sam getting hyped up and spiking the ball, which then his his teammate Nigel right in the head. Little things like that tell you she's A) got a good sense of humor B) obviously a fan of her boyfriend's team and C) capable of putting together a half-decent Vine or at least retweeting one. She's also got a knack for putting up some pretty funny jokes about relationships. Anyway, Sam Dekker's girlfriend Bailey Scheich is natural blonde attending the great school of Michigan, and her favorite hobbies are studying, partying, and going to basketball games. That's about it. She's definitely smart, energetic, and outgoing, and she's got a younger sister still in high school and a younger brother who goes to CMU. She's twenty years old, people-- at that age the only thing going on for anybody that's not in sports is parties, studying, and hanging out. But I can tell you that, based on her Instagram photos, she is getting high marks in hanging out and partying and fair marks in studying (yes, she does include pictures of herself studying for tests). And yes, Bailey likes to wear Wisconsin jerseys with the number 15 on them.

03/27/15

Lon Kruger's Wife Barbara Kruger


Lon Kruger's wife Barbara Kruger grew up six miles from his hometown of Silver Lake, Kansas. As you might expect from a coach, he and his wife would be considered prominent and giving members of their community. They're well known for charity events and fundraisers. Barbara serves on something called the Safe Nest Domestic Violence Shelter board of directors, and as you might expect, their mission is to shelter kids and wives from abusive partners.

Aside from that, Barbara was a member of the board for the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. This was back in the days when Lon was coaching UNLV. Back then, Lon Kruger's wife Barbara Kruger was also a chairwoman for the Las Vegas Paradise Sertoma's basketball clinic for deaf and hard of hearing students. Deaf basketball sounds just like regular basketball, but I tend to imagine the referees wave big yellow flags to call fouls instead of blowing whistles. I'm sort of curious about how that works, actually.

Barbara met Lon when Lon was in college, and they planned to marry soon after he graduated. That all depended on whether or not he would be drafted into the NBA. He was only 5'11", and he spent one season playing for an Israel team before he decided to simply move back to Kansas and get married. Lon Kruger's wife Barbara Kruger didn't get into the relationship just because she thought Lon might become an NBA player. They've had two kids: Angie and Kevin. Angie is a gynecologist, and Kevin has actually spent some time in the NBADL and currently plays for a team in Germany. Man, it's hard to be an NBA player. Kevin also played for his dad at UNLV for a couple of years, which must have been kind of weird. Barbara is proud of her family, and she did a good job raising two kids.