Hunter Dickinson has announced that he will return to Michigan for his junior season.
Dickinson will enter the 2022-23 season, which is heavy for many national awards. Dickinson will hope an elite season can raise his NBA draft share, which appears to be flat because of his age. NBA teams have put a premium on younger leads developing on their G League team. Hunter is only junior and turns 22 in November of the 2022 season.
The 7’1 “center finished his second season with 18.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 2.3ast. After going through the NBA evaluation process last season, Dickinson worked on adding lean muscle and expanding his shooting range. Dickinson showed glimpses of this range, among other things, went 4-6 from deep in a blowout victory against Purdue, who seemed to save Michigan’s season.Michigan’s up and down years seemed to run in step with Dickinson. -B1G Defense and All-B1G Second Team.
He was instrumental in Michigan’s surprising Sweet 16 race including a dominant performance against the 3 seeded Tennessee Volunteers. Hunter appeared to respond to Tennessee center Uros Plavsic, suggesting he was “too short.” Dickinson would score a game-high 27, net 11 rebounds, go 8/10 from the streak, and hit 3/5 three-pointers in the Wolverines’ 76-68 victory over the Volunteers.
Hunter Dickinson was a breakout star for Michigan. A top 40 recruit from powerhouse Dematha, Dickinson originally started his freshman season in 2021 on the bench behind Austin Davis. He would score double-digit points in his first 11 games of the season and quickly earn the starting role at 5. Dickinson would perform well for Michigan in their Elite Eight race in 2021 before a disappointing performance against UCLA ended their season.
Dickinson took home several accolades for his first year;
All-B1G Freshman Team
This year’s B1G Freshman
All-B1G First Team
All-American Second Team
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