Jeff BorzelloESPN staff writer4 minutes to read
Michigan star Hunter Dickinson, the best gatekeeper transfer player this spring and arguably the most sought-after transfer of the gate era, announced his commitment to Kansas on Thursday.
Dickinson, so young, entered the gate in late March and was immediately the number one player on the market. In addition to the Jayhawks, the 7-foot-1 has also visited Villanova, Kentucky, Maryland, and Georgetown.
He made his announcement in a video Posted on Twitter.
On his “RoundBall” podcast this week, he explained how difficult the decision-making process can be.
“If I had known where I was going, I would have been glad to have made the decision sooner,” said Dickinson. “I am really struggling trying to choose a school. The good thing about all of this is, [for] All my choices, I feel like if I go there, I will succeed. But she’s just trying to figure out which one of them is the best and most comfortable for me, things like that.”
A return to Michigan was also considered as a possible option, but Dickinson issued a statement Wednesday night officially announcing his departure.
“The initial decision for me to enter the gate was the hardest decision I have ever made,” said Dickinson. “The thought of leaving the place I love and have called home for 3 years, was and still is very difficult. After conversations with my family and a long time of reflection, I realized that entering the gate was the best decision for myself and my future.
“I’ve grown and learned a lot in my 3 years at Michigan, and if I can do it all over again right out of high school, there’s no question I would make the same choice. However, it’s time for me to move on.”
Dickinson has been one of the most dominant centers in the country over the past three seasons. As a freshman at Ann Arbor, he helped lead Michigan to a top seed in the NCAA Tournament and an appearance in the Elite Eight. Dickinson earned second-team All-American honors in 2021 and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection after averaging 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and shooting nearly 60% from the field.
During his sophomore season, Dickinson averaged 18.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while helping lead Michigan to the Sweet 16.
Last season, Dickinson put up 18.5 points and recorded 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks as a standout player, shooting 42.1% from 3-point range on 57 attempts. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after being named to the second team as a sophomore.
In 94 games with the Wolverines, he averaged 17.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and shot 57% from the field. He finished his career at Michigan with the sixth-most double-doubles in program history and is the 31st player with over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
With Dickinson in the fold, Kansas entered preseason and national championship talks. The Jayhawks return Dajuan Harris, one of the best point guards in the country, and fellow rookie KJ Adams from last season’s Big 12 championship team while adding a top-10 recruiting class and Towson moving to Nick Timberlake, one of the best shooters in the gate.
Also still in the mix is Kansas’ Top 10 recruit Mackenzie Mgbako, who recently exited Duke.
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