Jeff BozeroESPN Staff Writer4 minute read
Junior Dickinson entered Portal in late March and quickly became the No. 1 player on the market. In addition to the Jayhawks, the 7-foot-1 center has also visited Villanova, Kentucky, Maryland and Georgetown.
he made his announcement in a video Post to Twitter.
He explained on the “RoundBall” podcast earlier this week how difficult the decision-making process is for him.
“Had I known where I was going, I would have gladly made the decision sooner,” Dickinson said. “I have a really hard time choosing a school. The good thing about all this is that [for] All my options feel that if I go there I will be successful. But I’m just trying to figure out which ones are the best and which ones are the most comfortable. ”
Returning to Michigan was considered an option, but Dickinson released a statement Wednesday night formally announcing his departure.
“The initial decision to enter the portal was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” said Dickinson. “The idea of leaving a place he loved and going home for three years was very difficult to process. I realized it was a decision, my future.
“I grew and learned a lot during my three years at the University of Michigan. If I could finish high school and start all over again, I have no doubt that I would make the same choice. ”
Dickinson has been one of the most dominant centers in the country over the past three seasons. As a freshman in Ann Arbor, he helped lead Michigan to the No. 1 seed in his NCAA Tournament and qualify for the Elite Eight. Dickinson earned second-team All-American honors in his 2021 season and was named a first-team All-Big Ten after averaging 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, and nearly 60% field goal completion.
During his sophomore season, Dickinson averaged 18.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists, leading Michigan to the Sweet 16.
Dickinson progressed as a face-up player last season with 18.5 points, career-high 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, 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 a 57% field goal percentage. He finished his Michigan career with the sixth-most double-doubles in program history and is his 31st player to surpass 1,000 points and his 500 rebounds.
Kansas surrounds Dickinson and dives into preseason No. 1 and national championship conversations. The Jayhawks will bring back Duffan Harris, one of the best point guards in the country, and fellow starter on last season’s Big 12 Championship team, KJ Adams, to finish in the top 10 recruiting class and in the Portal. Transfer one of his best shooters, Nick Timberlake, to Towson.
Kansas also remains in the mix for top 10 recruit Mackenzie Mugbaco, recently retired from Duke.