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Hunter Dickinson recaps his official visit to Louisville, talks Peach Jam expectations and the NBA big man

By Pat Lawless, 06/05/19, 5:45PM EDT


Hunter Dickinson touches on a lot of topics for Prep Circuit

One of the top big men in the nation Hunter Dickinson went on an official visit to Louisville this past weekend. This is the class of 2020 center’s fourth official visit thus far as he’s already visited, Notre Dame, Providence and Purdue. Louisville Head Coach Chris Mack and his staff have been looking to get Dickinson on campus for some time now.  

“They’ve been trying to get me there on a visit for a while,” said Dickinson. “With my school year ending they wanted to get me there before my senior year. I really liked their practice facility and seeing the Yum Center was really cool. It’s probably better than some NBA arenas out there. I also liked how the team does a good job keeping all of the players close with one another.”

Prior to the Louisville official visit, he went on an unofficial visit to Kentucky in late January. The DeMatha Catholic (M.D.) product liked getting a close look at what has made the Wildcats so successful.

“They wanted me to come to a game and I had a little break in my schedule so the timing worked out well for it,” he said. “It was interesting to see what they do there because they must be doing something right to have all of those NBA draft picks. It’s a good visit to compare to other schools that are recruiting me.”

It doesn’t appear Dickinson will be setting any new official visits until the fall.

“Right now, I don’t plan on taking any in the summer,” Dickinson said. “Most of my visits will be in the fall so I’m not really too worried about setting those up right now. I’m just looking over the schools that are recruiting me and probably start taking visits around September.”

An interesting topic for many centers and power forwards is the evolution of the big men. With some centers in the NBA putting more of a focus on being skilled, Dickinson sees himself fitting a certain mold in today’s game.

“Some schools are interested in having me there and dominate in college and there are some schools that talk to me about how the big man is changing,” said Dickinson. “They want to play to my strengths, but also develop me into what the NBA is becoming.

“I’m seeing big men like Nikola Jokić, Brook Lopez and Marc Gasol,” Dickinson said. “I feel like those are the big men that I play like. A lot of people are telling me that I need to transition my game, but those guys aren’t too athletic either so I feel like there is a place in the NBA for guys who are really skilled.”

Team Takeover (DC) is qualified for the Peach Jam once again this July after winning it all last year. Dickinson likes the idea of going from the favorite to now being one of the underdogs.

“It’s a pretty different team this year without the expectations of completing a perfect season like last year,” he said. “This season feels different like my freshman year season in how we were a good team, but teams weren’t really worried about us and we made it to the championship. I feel like if we build up our chemistry before Peach Jam we have a good chance to go back to back.”

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