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NCAA Basketball: Takeaways from Hunter Dickinson picking Kansas Jayhawks

Mar 9, 2023; Chicago, IL, USA; Michigan Wolverines center Hunter Dickinson (1) is defended by Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Antwone Woolfolk (13) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2023; Chicago, IL, USA; Michigan Wolverines center Hunter Dickinson (1) is defended by Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Antwone Woolfolk (13) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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NCAA Basketball Maryland Terrapins guard Jahmir Young Brian Bradshaw Sevald-USA TODAY Sports
NCAA Basketball Maryland Terrapins guard Jahmir Young Brian Bradshaw Sevald-USA TODAY Sports /

What this means at Georgetown and Maryland

These two schools were both connected to Dickinson not just because of his talent and their needs, but because they both surround DeMatha High School, where he starred three years ago before his college days. The thought of returning home seemed like a magnetic pull that would have made him Ed Cooley’s first big addition as Hoyas head coach or a in-conference transfer securing the backline at Maryland, but this did not come to pass.

Cooley has work ahead at Georgetown and not landing Dickinson means there won’t be some quick jolt into contention. The Hoyas have some intriguing pieces for next season but this rebuild is not going to happen overnight. Dickinson likely wanted to contend, which is why he chose to play for a Hall of Fame coach in Bill Self at Kansas, but it’s not a death knell to the Hoyas. They’ll lean heavily on talented big man Akok Akok and a few other names, but it’s not going to be a success from day one under Cooley.

This hurts even more at Maryland, as this team is already a potential preseason Top 25 program. Adding Dickinson into the frontcourt and pairing him with Julian Reese and Donta Scott would have had outstanding results. The Terrapins took a major step forward in Kevin Willard’s first season as head coach last year and continue to add talent to this roster. Just because they’ve missed out on Dickinson isn’t the end of the world. Willard has the Terrapins’ trajectory pointed up again, plus they’re in significantly better shape than Michigan (and Georgetown) moving forward.