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Mickelson transferring to Kansas
Former Arkansas forward Hunter Mickelson will transfer to Kansas, he announced Thursday.
FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas forward Hunter Mickelson will transfer to Kansas, his father, Darien Mickelson, confirmed with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Thursday.
Mickelson, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound forward, averaged 5.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last season. In his first year on campus, he blocked 72 shots, which set the school record for most blocks by a freshman.
The Jonesboro native scored a career-high 16 points against Robert Morris, who upset Kentucky in the first round of the NIT, on Dec. 12, 2012.
Kansas was 16th in the nation in rebounding last season, but loses its leading rebounder and shot blocker, Jeff Withey. Withey, a 7-foot, 235-pound center, averaged 13.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game in his senior season.
Although, Mickelson will have to sit out next year, he will redshirt and have two years of eligibility remaining at Kansas.
The Jayhawks lost their final game of the 2012-2013 season in the Sweet Sixteen when Michigan upset the No. 1 seed 87-85 in overtime.
With Mickelson headed to Kansas, BJ Young's name entered in the NBA draft, Devonta Abron at TCU and Aaron Ross, who never made it to campus, at Texas Tech, Rashad Madden is the only remaining player from the Razorbacks' 2011 signing class. The 2011 signing class was the sixth-ranked signing class in the country by Scout.com.