For much of the 2022-23 college basketball season, it looked like it would be a typical season for the Kansas Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks went 11-1 during their non-conference schedule, then won the Big 12 regular season title, and earned themselves a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Over the course of the season, they didn’t lose a single game to a team who didn’t make the NCAA Tournament field.
Unfortunately, they lost a bit earlier than expected to one of those tournament teams, falling in the Round of 32 against Arkansas.
Now they’ve made a big transfer portal move to make sure they don’t make another early exit next season.
Today, Michigan star Hunter Dickinson announced on his Twitter that he was transferring to Kansas.
— Hunter Dickinson (@H_Dickinson24) May 4, 2023
Hunter Dickinson has been a star for Michigan throughout his career.
He made an immediate impact for the Wolverines, averaging 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds as a freshman for a Michigan squad that made a run to the Elite Eight.
From there, he developed into one of the best players in the Big Ten. He has averaged at least 18.5 points in each of the last two seasons while serving as the focal point for the Michigan offense. He has also had an impact for them on the defensive end as he has blocked at least 1.5 shots per game for each of the past two years.
Adding Dickinson will give the Jayhawks one big thing they were missing this past season. He’ll give them a dependable presence inside.
The Jayhawks were small this past season with Grady Dick and Jalen Wilson as their tallest starters at 6’8″.
That lack of size proved to be costly for them in losses late in the season to a Texas team that was dominant inside and to Arkansas, who grabbed 14 offensive boards against them in the Sweet 16.
Dickinson and the Kansas Jayhawks both saw their seasons come to an end earlier than expected this past season, but will be hoping this move can help them avoid a similar fate next season.