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Junior center Hunter Dickinson and DeMatha Catholic (M.D.) have started off this high school season on the right foot with two large margin victories. Dickinson and the Stags are focused on repeating as WCAC Champions this season with a nice group of veterans and younger pieces.
“We are transitioning from being in the celebration phase to now grinding out wins and getting back to winning another championship,” he said. “We have a lot of veterans and some new guys that we are fitting in with our team. We are trying to figure that all out right now and focused on play our best out there.”
Head coach Mike Jones allows Dickinson to be more of a five-man on the court, which has allowed his game to develop.
“Coach Jones has put me in a position to be an all-around player and not just a post man,” Dickinson said. “He has me on the wing, shooting threes, dribbling and just being an overall basketball player. I feel like that’s really helped me become a better player.”
Dickinson looks at two big men in the NBA to help his development as he goes on with his career.
“Some of the guys I look at are DeMarcus Cousins and Joel Embiid,” he said. “I like watching them because they are big men, but they are also good enough on the perimeter without being a liability. They have a presence down low, but they are also good enough to guard the wings in the NBA. Just like them, I want to be able to have a presence down low on both ends, but also be able to be effective on the wing.”
As far as his recruitment, the 7’1” standout has taken two official visits thus far. One of which was to Notre Dame who has a good amount of DeMatha Catholic alumni in their program. Dickinson enjoyed his visit to South Bend.
“That visit was a lot of fun for me, it was my second time there,” said Dickinson. “It really felt like DeMatha with D.J. Harvey being there and coaches Mike Brey and Rod Balanis being there. I really like the players there, they all seem really cool and people I could hang out with. The school is one of the best in the world and you can’t go wrong with that. If you go there for four years you set yourself up for the rest of your life. That just takes the pressure out of playing basketball when your degree means that much.”
His second official visit was with the Purdue Boilermakers. He liked getting to see why head coach Matt Painter has had so much success with big men in the past.
“Purdue’s visit was a lot of fun as well because it was all new to me,” he said. “I was impressed with how much was going on at the campus and how personable the coaching staff was. Coach Painter has a good reputation for developing his big men into NBA players and I could see why when I went on the visit.”
There are a lot of schools that are looking to have Dickinson on campus in the near future.
“Oregon, Louisville, Florida State, Maryland, and Syracuse have said that they want me to do official visits with them,” said Dickinson. “Kentucky has said that they want me to do an unofficial visit with them as well as North Carolina.”
A list cut shouldn’t be coming from Dickinson until after this high school season.
“I was probably going to wait till after the high school season around the first live period to cut down my list,” he said. “I’ll then plan on making a decision before next high school basketball season.”
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