Hunter Dickinson returns to Michigan basketball for junior season

Hunter Dickinson returns to Michigan basketball for junior season

In an era of college basketball when players change teams on a whim and can test the NBA waters before returning to school, the job of reshaping a roster is more difficult than ever for coaches around the country.

But for Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard, who is assembling his team for the 2022-23 season, that task became significantly less troublesome Sunday evening when star center Hunter Dickinson announced his intention to play a third season in Ann Arbor.

Hunter Dickinson talks with Spike Lee before the Michigan spring game Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Michigan Stadium.

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“I ain’t done yet,” Dickinson said on a graphic shared across his social media platforms.

Michigan’s leading scorer and rebounder had remained quiet about his future in the weeks since a Sweet 16 loss to Villanova. In the aftermath of that game, Dickinson told reporters he would need time to sort through his options before deciding whether to return or enter the draft for the second consecutive year. Dickinson tested the waters after earning All-America honors his freshman season but was told by NBA executives that he would be a mid-second round pick — an assessment he neither agreed with nor enjoyed.

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