Hunter Dickinson, It’s Time to Come Home
Since the end of the 2022-23 college basketball season, the transfer portal has exploded. Around one in five scholarship players are looking to transfer, and perhaps the most notable of those is Michigan center Hunter Dickinson.
In three seasons at Michigan, Dickinson averaged 17.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game. He was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and a consensus All-American as a freshman. This past season, he extended his range and shot 42.1% from three. While Juwan Howard was twice able to bring Michigan Basketball to the Sweet 16 with Dickinson on the roster, the Wolverines are coming off a couple less-than-stellar regular season finishes. Evidently, Hunter would like to be part of a program where reaching the NCAA Tournament isn’t in question.
Could Hunter Dickinson Transfer to Maryland?
When a player of this caliber enters the transfer portal, everyone comes calling. In the NIL era, there will certainly be quite a price tag attached. Rumors abound that Dickinson, a DeMatha Catholic High School product, will return to the DMV and play for Maryland or Georgetown. Blue bloods like Kansas and Kentucky are also in the mix. Here’s what I’ve heard on the matter:
That’s right, your boy is in the scoops game now. This information isn’t any sort of guarantee that Hunter Dickinson will end up at Maryland, but it’s at least a solid indication that he would be open to it. He reportedly plans to visit College Park in person this weekend.
Hunter Dickinson transferring to UMD would break my brain. He’s openly hated Maryland the last few years, citing former head coach Mark Turgeon’s lack of effort in recruiting him. Dickinson has tried to troll Maryland at every turn. He is a lightning rod, but he’s also an extremely productive player. You better believe I’m recanting all the negative things I’ve said and welcoming him with open arms if this somehow happens. Probably 90% of Terp fans would agree.
Don’t worry about the fact that Maryland Basketball just exceeded the scholarship limit with Chance Stephens transferring in and Donta Scott set to return. Someone already has to transfer out because of that, and I can guarantee someone else will be out the door if Kevin Willard needs to make room for Dickinson. Given the opportunity to add an All-American to your roster, you move around scholarships and NIL money as needed.
The Terrapins had a surprisingly good season in Willard’s first year at the helm, reaching the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament after being considered an afterthought in the Big Ten. With a top-20 recruiting class on the way and three starters back in the fold, the future is bright. Let’s make it happen, Hunter. Maryland Basketball is on the rise and it’s a good time to come home.
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