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Daily Brews: Hunter Dickinson to test the NBA Draft waters

The Big Ten Freshman of the Year will retain his NCAA eligibility.

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On Wednesday, Michigan center Hunter Dickinson announced his intentions to enter the NBA Draft process. This was understandably not exactly what Wolverines fans wanted to hear from the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, but it seems a little early to jump into any sort of panic.

The language in Dickinson’s post leaves the possibility of him returning for his sophomore season wide open. Many players — including former Michigan stars — have tested the waters and decided to withdraw from the draft. I emphasized a few sections of his post that seem to indicate he may return:

I am excited to announce I am declaring for the NBA Draft and signing with an NCAA certified agent in order to retain my eligibility. It was always been my dream to play in the NBA, so it is important for me to gather information before making the decision. I look forward to getting feedback and am excited for the next steps of this process.

This is absolutely the right decision for a player who is coming off a season like the one Dickinson had. After starting extremely well, defenses began to figure him out a bit, and surely this is feedback he will receive from evaluators as well. Few mock drafts have him selected very highly, so he will likely learn that coming back to Ann Arbor is his best option.

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