It’s almost college football season, but that doesn’t stop college basketball preseason predictions.
Isaac Trotter of 247Sports wrote an article predicting the Big Ten All-Conference team.
No wonder Trotter named Hunter Dickinson second on the list behind Trace Jackson-Davies of Indiana.
Jackson-Davis is slightly better on defense than Dickinson, but the Michigan big man is more accomplished on offense than his Indiana rival. The things a 7-foot center can do offensively are really special. The Wolverines had a 24-point lead over 100 possessions with Dickinson on the floor, according to Pivot Analysis. Passing, playmaking, mid-range shooting, a new three-pointer, back-to-the-basket play, the ability to read the defense or attack the glass make him such a solid cover. Dickinson’s game could be taken to a whole new level if he can improve as a quarterback in space. But he plays with such passion, energy and fire. Dickinson is the heart and soul of Michigan basketball, and he’s the best villain the Big Ten have come across in a hot second. He is simply irreplaceable. Dickinson is the lock for the All-Big Ten first team and will be a strong contender for Jackson-Davis for Player of the Year.
As Trotter said, Dickinson is a great offensive player. The big guy developed a consistent three-point shot last season and he was always deadly under the basket. Dickinson went from 0% shooting from 3 in 2020 to 32% shooting in 2021.
In 2021, Dickinson averaged 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one block and 56% shooting from the field. The junior also played 32 minutes per game.
Trotter did not mention any other Wolverine on his All-Conference team, but in his “others in the mix” he did mention Princeton transfer Jaelyn Llewellyn.
The transfer to Princeton comes in a rather attractive situation in Michigan. Dickinson is going to take the brunt of the defense’s attention, so Llewellyn can really shine. The best thing about Llewellyn’s game is that he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. He only flipped the ball in 11% of the 100 pick-and-rolls he had last year, and Llewellyn is really good at both catch and rebound shots.
Since Frankie Collins has moved to Arizona State, Llewellyn will be asked to handle the ball first this year. But Llewellyn should be an upgrade in position in terms of clean shooting. He threw almost 40% of 3 last year at Princeton.
The All-Conference team consisted of: Trace Jackson-Davis (Indiana), Hunter Dickinson (Michigan), Chris Murray (Iowa), Zach Adey (Purdue), and Terrence Shannon Jr. (Illinois).
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