Hunter Dickinson returning to Kansas for final season

League: NCAA Basketball

Posted on: 26 Apr, 2024 at 07:11 PM

Credit: Gabriel Mayberry-USA TODAY Sports

All-American center Hunter Dickinson is returning to Kansas for his final season of college eligibility in 2024-25.

The 7-foot-2 Dickinson transferred to Kansas prior to last season from Michigan and was a second-team All-American and All-Big 12 First Team selection.

He confirmed the decision to run it back in Lawrence by replying to coach Bill Self via social media Friday.

Self posted to X, "Hey (Hunter) have you made a decision yet? Everybody want to know what you're thinking."

Dickinson replied: "Yeah you're right coach. I guess it's time to tell everyone I'm coming back! Rock Chalk!"

Kansas landed a fourth major transfer earlier Friday with the official commitment from Alabama's Rylan Griffen. He joins South Dakota State guard Zeke Mayo, former Wisconsin forward AJ Storr and former Florida guard Riley Kugel as the newcomers to Self's squad via the portal this offseason.

Kansas lost four of its final five games entering the NCAA Tournament and was defeated in the second round by Gonzaga (89-68). Dickinson had 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting.

After Kansas finished its season shooting 33 percent from 3-point range, Self vowed to upgrade the perimeter around Dickinson.

Dickinson is capable of making those shots, but the post presence can also bully defenders in the paint with strength and a soft touch around the rim. He averaged 17.9 points and 10.9 rebounds at Kansas last season, but ended the season with a shoulder injury.

Dickinson averaged 18.6 points and 8.6 rebounds as a sophomore at Michigan in 2021-22 and put up 18.5-9.0 as a junior before leaving for Kansas.

-Field Level Media

In addition to touted freshman Flory Bidunga, a five-star recruit and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Kansas has four of its six top scorers back from 2023-24.

--Field Level Media