Kansas lands Arkansas transfer Hunter Mickelson
Hunter Mickelson has decided to leave home after two seasons. The 6-foot-10 forward announced earlier this month that he would be transferring from Arkansas, and he has found a new home in Lawrence, Kan.
The skilled Arkansas sophomore forward will transfer and play his final two seasons for Bill Self and the Jayhawks, according to multiple reports and confirmed by CBSSports.com. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Mickelson -- an Arkansas native -- averaged similar numbers in each of his first two seasons. He put up 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a freshman while blocking 72 shots, and last season he averaged 5.4 points and 3.5 boards.
Sources told CBSSports.com that Mickelson, who was a member of a highly recruited class that also included B.J. Young and Ky Madden, attempted to get out of his letter of intent following the coaching change two years ago when Mike Anderson replaced John Pelphrey, but Anderson would not allow him to go elsewhere. Sources told CBSSports.com that Kansas would have been heavily in the mix had Mickelson been allowed to go elsewhere after the hire of Anderson.
The Jayhawks have a need for Mickelson. Kansas has Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor back in the fold, and also has freshman Landen Lucas -- who didn't play this past season. Self will also bring in talented center Joel Embiid this season.
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