March 2, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks forward Hunter Mickelson (21) dribbles the ball during a game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas defeated Kentucky 73-60. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Basketball: Jayhawks Pick up Transfer in Hunter Mickelson

Former Arkansas forward Hunter Mickelson announced on Thursday how he will transfer to the Kansas Jayhawks. Mickelson will sit out next season, and participate as a junior and senior.

Last season, Mickelson averaged five points both as a freshman and sophomore at Arkansas. He set a school record for most blocked shots with 72 as a freshman. Mickelson, never got into the rotation while at Arkansas, setting the tone for a move. Mickelson, asked for a release last Wednesday, instantly garnering interest from 30 schools. The forward cut the list down to three schools, Butler, Kansas and Arizona. On Thursday, Mickelson made it official. He is perfect for the Jayhawks defensive minded style with a great reach, though just wasn’t in the right system at Arkansas. The forward was ranked 100th by Rivals as a high school senior.

Kansas now has two schloarships open for the 2013-14 season. The Jayhawks continue to recruit number one recruit, Andrew Wiggins. Also head coach Bill Self is actively pursuing Tarik Black, a transfer player from Memphis who is looking for a school to play next season at. Black, averaged eight points and five rebounds last year for the Tigers. He won’t have to sit out a season and is available to play next season. Duke, Kansas, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Oregon are all in the mix for the 6-9 forward’s services next year.


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