Kansas Jayhawks basketball center Hunter Dickinson earns All-American honors before March Madness

Kansas senior center Hunter Dickinson (1) claps towards fans in the first half of the game against Baylor
Kansas senior center Hunter Dickinson (1) claps towards fans in the first half of the game against Baylor / Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal / USA

One of the most skilled Kansas basketball big men in recent history received a high honor before the NCAA Tournament. Hunter Dickinson was named to the AP All-American Second Team, along with Tyler Kolek, Mark Sears, DaRon Holmes II, and Kyle Filipowski.

The 7-foot-2 transfer from Michigan excelled in his first year with the Jayhawks, averaging 18.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists on 55.0% shooting (35.0% from 3-point range). He amassed 16 double-doubles, finished second in the Big 12 in scoring, and scored 30+ points twice.

Dickinson continues to tack on post-regular season awards, including taking home the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award and All-Big 12 First Team honors. He had one of the most successful years statistically that a big man has ever had under head coach Bill Self.

While he appeared in all 31 regular season games, Dickinson missed the Big 12 Tournament due to a dislocated shoulder he sustained at Houston. He is expected to return for March Madness after nearly two weeks of rest, but he might not be playing at 100%. Fellow Jayhawk and All-Big 12 First Team honoree Kevin McCullar will miss the entirety of the tourney due to a bone bruise in his knee.

Dickinson will be considered a "Consensus" All-American if he qualifies in the point system for the four major All-American teams. He was a Consensus All-American at Michigan in 2021 as a freshman but has not been since that year.

The door to a potential return for the 2024-25 season remains open for Dickinson, so it remains to be seen whether he will exercise his eligibility for a super senior season. Regardless, his contributions from this year alone might land him in the KU rafters one day. He will play his first NCAA Tournament game as a Jayhawk tomorrow at 8:55 p.m. local time when Kansas faces off against No. 13 seed Samford.