Hunter Dickinson was always a freshman in name only.
Dickinson, 20, is nearly a year older than sophomore Franz Wagner. He left Dematha Catholic, one of the best high school basketball programs in in the country, as the all-time winningest player in school history. He played in the EYBL against the top players in the country, and took part in the Team USA U-19 World Cup training camp in 2019. His transition to Michigan has been seamless — averaging 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds with some pretty absurd efficiency numbers in just 22.6 minutes per game to start the year.
“I think all those things prepared me to play against the best of the best in high school and then, so I think seeing great talent wasn’t a shock for me,” Dickinson said Friday. “I’m used to playing with really good talent, so I think that was something that gave me an edge against other people cause other freshmen come in and they haven’t played with or against other really good talents, and I think I have. So I’ve been able to mesh with my teammates really well and then also play against other good players.”