The era of Name, Image, and Likeness has brought about significant changes in college basketball, making the sport very different from what your grandparents might recall.
Last week, Hunter Dickinson, a distinguished player with three All Big Ten selections, revealed his decision to transfer to Kansas after completing three successful years at Michigan.
During the "Roundball" podcast on Tuesday, Dickinson hinted that the availability of NIL money influenced his choice to depart from Michigan.
"The people hating on me would leave their job right now for a $10,000 increase," Dickinson said, per a report from ESPN. "I got, at Michigan, I got less than six figures. I got less than six figures at Michigan for the year."
Former Michigan star Hunter Dickinson implied that an increase in his NIL earnings played a role in his decision to transfer to Kansas.
— ESPN (@espn) May 10, 2023
Throughout his junior season at Michigan, Dickinson recorded impressive statistics, averaging 18.5 points, 9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.8 blocks per game.
Joining the Kansas roster, Dickinson will be alongside point guard Dajuan Harris and forward K.J. Adams, who were retained from last year's team. This squad clinched the Big 12 regular-season championship and secured a one-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Expressing his departure from Michigan, Dickinson acknowledged the difficulty of his decision but emphasized the importance of prioritizing his own career and being "selfish" at this stage.
"I still do love Michigan," he said. "I still love the school and everything. I love the program. That's why it was so hard to leave because I really didn't want to leave, I didn't. But I just felt like, man, it was the best decision for me. It took a lot of courage. I feel like people realize how much courage it took for a guy who was there for three years, an All-American for the team. I did have a legacy there and I basically gave that up to try to be selfish and do what's best for me and my career, not what's best for anybody else's career."
As the most sought-after transfer in the portal, Dickinson explored potential destinations, including Villanova, Kentucky, Georgetown, and Maryland.
Throughout his three-year tenure in Ann Arbor, Dickinson maintained an impressive average of 17.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
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