Dickinson, an Associated Press All-American honorable mention who averaged 18.5 PPG and 9.0 RPG at Michigan last season, said his critics would also make a move for a pay raise during his appearance on his “Roundball” podcast on Tuesday.
“The people hating on me would leave their job right now for a $10,000 increase,” Dickinson said. “I got, at Michigan, less than six figures. I got less than six figures at Michigan for the year.”
Dickinson, the No. 1 transfer in ESPN’s rankings, said he made a “selfish” decision. His arrival elevated Kansas – a team that will return K.J. Adams Jr. and Dajuan Harris while adding key transfers – to the No. 2 spot in ESPN’s way-too-early top-25 rankings.
Dickinson also said he still has an appreciation for Michigan and his time there but, at times, last season “sucked because we lost” and “all the Michigan people were like his podcast, his mouth” were challenges.
Dickinson wore a ski mask to a Wisconsin game last season a day after the Michigan State mass shooting, a move that angered Michigan officials.
“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 don’t think 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.”
Dickinson said he strongly considered every school on his list. He called Kentucky a “risk” but said John Calipari’s reputation of sending big men to the NBA was a factor. At Villanova, he loved its playing style and the “family” approach to the program. Maryland would have been a homecoming for the D.C. area native. But Kansas, he said, felt like the best option.
“I think this is the best place for me,” he said. “It checks all the boxes. Worst-case scenario, it still works out fine for me [at Kansas].”
Hunter Dickinson implies NIL a factor in transfer to Kansas