Hunter Dickinson Became What We Hoped
While Michigan hasn't lived up to preseason expectations, their star big man has taken his game to new heights.
The offseason practice videos weren’t fraudulent.
While Michigan is fighting to get on the right side of the NCAA tournament bubble, Hunter Dickinson is playing in rarefied air. He led last week’s upset of top-five Purdue with 22 points, four three-pointers, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks, outproducing the vaunted Zach Edey-Trevion Williams center duo on his own.
When Dickinson goes to the NBA, scouts will be tantalized by that game tape. The seven-footer found multiple ways to get to his outside shot, which is now enough of a threat to punish opponents that ignore him on the perimeter. He’s passing with sharp vision and touch. As far as offense goes, he’s becoming a dominant modern big man, not just a post player.
To show the increased diversity of Dickinson’s outside shooting game, it’s best to work back-to-front with his four triples against Purdue. The final, delirium-inducing bomb came on a straightforward pick-and-pop. DeVante’ Jones turned down the screen, drew Edey into the paint, and kicked it back for a wide open look:
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