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Hunter Dickinson Says Kansas Checked Off These Three Boxes

In one of the biggest transfer portal commitments in NCAA transfer portal history, former Michigan center Hunter Dickinson found his way to Kansas to team up with legendary head coach Bill Self.

Dickinson sat down for an interview with a duo of former Kansas basketball players, Mitch Lightfoot and Chris Teahan, who co-host the Rock Chalk Unplugged podcast. the duo asked Dickinson about the process where Dickinson mentioned that Kansas, “checked all the boxes,” of what he was looking for.

 

Dickinson highlighted his thoughts by saying, “I think the thing that sold me about Kansas was that it checked all the boxes in terms of having one of the best coaches of all time present, having the history and tradition of Kansas basketball. But also having that pedigree of developing bigs, so I just feel like it checked all those boxes in that area.”

Above all else Dickinson cited his desire to win as what brought him to Kansas saying, “My biggest thing was that I wanted to go somewhere to win, so why not go to the most winningest program in NCAA basketball history with six national championships? I wanted to develop and coach Self has done great things with big men.” Dickinson added, “I knew wherever I went was going to be a risk because I was coming into a new environment, but I feel like at Kansas it was less risky.”

Hunter Dickinson was one of the best players in the country last season at Michigan after averaging 18.5 points and nine rebounds per game on 56% shooting from the field. While Dickinson was lighting up the stat sheet on a nightly basis, the Wolverines struggled as a team missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2015 season (2020 NCAA Tournament canceled).

With Dickinson and the Jayhawks ready to hit the court when the season starts in November, they will take the floor under legendary coach Bill Self, who after dealing with some health issues at the end of the 2022-2023 season, says that he used his situation as a “learning experience,” and is eager to get started on the upcoming season.

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