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Hunter Dickinson laments lack of NIL money at Michigan amid transfer to Kansas

Hunter Dickinson
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Hunter Dickinson made waves last week when he announced he was transferring from Michigan to Kansas. His transfer to the Jayhawks reportedly included an upfront NIL package.

Dickinson was essentially shopping for the best NIL deals while he was in the transfer portal. He said that he didn’t get paid what he thought he was worth at Michigan, as at the moment the Wolverines are not a huge player yet in the NIL space.

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He went on Barstool Sports’ “Roundball” podcast on Tuesday and lamented the fact that he wasn’t making much money, as opposed to other players, as he admittedly said he made a “selfish” decision to transfer.

“The people hating on me would leave their job right now for a $10,000 increase,” Dickinson said on the Roundball podcast. “I got, at Michigan, less than six figures. I got less than six figures at Michigan for the year.”

Dickinson’s decision basically came down to Kansas and Kentucky, but UK was not willing to pay upfront for his services.

Dickinson chose Kansas over Kentucky, Villanova, Georgetown, and Maryland. He will now join Nicolas Timberlake (Towson) and Arterio Morris (Texas) in KU’s 2023 transfer class.

Last week, Noted UK basketball reporter Matt Jones said on Twitter that the Wildcats would not enter a preemptive bidding war and Kentucky was not willing to offer Dickinson an upfront NIL deal.

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“Hearing things arent looking great for UK and Hunter Dickinson.” Jones wrote on Twitter. “Kentucky hasn’t given up but UK BB isn’t “guaranteeing” NIL money as other schools in the process are. UK’s policy is more “look what these other guys have made” and feeling is Dickinson may go with school guarantee.”

Dickinson is coming off a season in which he averaged 18.5 points and nine rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field. He was an Associated Press All-American honorable mention.