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Hunter Dickinson Discusses Living Up to Preseason Expectations

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While it’s no secret that the Kansas Jayhawks have built one of the best rosters in basketball this offseason through the transfer portal, the team will have to come together quickly to live up to preseason expectations.

During recent media availability, Kansas center Hunter Dickinson discussed the challenge of delivering on off-season hype and outlined what it will take for Kansas to succeed in 2024-25.


“Just continuing to, you know, grow as a team,” Dickinson said. “I think we need to take a couple of steps this summer to prepare for the season because we’re going to have another target on our back. Obviously, there are preseason polls but we’re pretty much top-five in most of them. And I think rightfully so because we’ve got a really talented group of guys that potentially could be really good. Obviously, potentially because we’ve got to reach that potential, but the pieces are there. We’ve got to try to make sure they fit. I think Coach Self is probably the best in the country at that job.”

The Jayhawks had a solid season in 2023-24, which ended with a Round of 32 appearance and a sixth-place finish in the Big 12. The Jayhawks entered the season with National Championship aspirations, but after some nagging injuries to Kevin McCullar and some unpredictable losses, Kansas is entering the 2024-25 season with a renewed fire.

Kansas enters the upcoming season with the third-ranked transfer portal class in the country, and when paired with veteran returners like Dickinson, KJ Adams, and DaJuan Harris, the Jayhawks should have a chance to be incredibly special this season.

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