Center: Hunter Dickinson
Dickinson was one of the most highly coveted transfers to ever enter the portal, and the addition of him instantly made Kansas a title favorite. The 7-foot-2 big man’s back-to-basket game is unparalleled across the rest of the conference, which is a big reason why he was recently named the Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year.
Across three seasons at Michigan, Dickinson averaged 17.2 points and 8.4 rebounds through 94 games played. He was an All-Big Ten selection in each of those years, even securing All-American honors as a sophomore. Very few players in the Bill Self era — or Kansas basketball history alone — have had such high expectations heading into the season.
He should make his presence felt defensively with his tremendous height, but the real difference is what he provides on the offensive end of the ball. Dickinson can step outside the arc to shoot a 3-pointer or beat any player down low in the post. He and Dajuan Harris will form one of the best one-two punches in the country.