The Michigan Wolverines knew they had a piece to build around when they signed Hunter Dickinson out of high school. Nobody could have expected what he provided to this team as soon as he did, though.
More postseason accolades rolled in for the true freshman center on Tuesday with the Associated Press naming Dickinson a second-team All-American.
Dickinson, who also won the Big Ten Conference’s Freshman of the Year honor, has led the Wolverines In scoring this season at 14.2 points per game. He did not begin the season as a starter but was the best center on the roster from the jump and was given an expanded role after an injury to Austin Davis. Dickinson would never relinquish that job and remained one of the best freshmen in the country throughout the season.
Dickinson’s selection as an All-American is the first that Michigan player to earn that honor since Nik Stauskas during the 2013-14 campaign. Coincidentally that was also the last time Michigan won a regular season conference championship.
Dickinson and the Wolverines will open NCAA Tournament play on Saturday afternoon in a No. 1 vs. No. 16 matchup. They will square off against the winner of the Mount St. Mary’s and Texas Southern game. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET from Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana and the game will be broadcast via CBS.