Height runs in Hunter Dickinson’s family. The 6’11” center from Alexandria, Virginia, has two older brothers, one 6’9” and the other 6’10”, who both earned full scholarships to play basketball in college. Hunter seems destined to follow that path as well.
The 15-year-old has already received interest from major Division I programs like Virginia, Syracuse and Louisville. He hopes to attract even more colleges as he competes on the summer circuit at major events like the John Lucas International Middle School Combine.
Dickinson is a game-changer for his AAU squad, Team Takeover (below right), which is currently 10-0 in the Made Hoops Winter Lea8ue. His skill-set is unique in that he can play in the paint or step outside and knock down jumpers.
“I feel that I have a overall game, meaning I can play European style or face up, but my back to the basket and post moves have improved tremendously with the help of the Takeover staff and I am starting to rely on it more and more,” said Dickinson. “I don't really model my game after anyone in particular, but Kristaps Porzingis (NY Knicks rookie) would be a player that I think I play like.”
The class of 2020 standout has received “Top 5” honors at the Future Phenom Camp and Top Defender in the same camp. He hopes to lead his team to a first place finish at Made Hoops, make the EYBL 15U Playoffs and win the 8th grade Finale.
While Dickinson has rare height and skills for a teenager, he realizes there is much work to be done before competing at the next level.
“I need to get faster and stronger so I will be able to play at the varsity level. As far as basketball is concerned, [I need to] continue to get more post moves, continue to work on my shot, and become an even better free throw shooter than I already am,” said Dickinson.
He currently attends the Mater Dei School in Maryland but has yet to make a high school selection. And despite the interest he’s receiving at the college level, Dickinson hasn’t focused on any dream school yet.
“I haven't thought too much about college because I still have yet to pick a high school and that's more important to me right now.”
Regardless of where he ends up attending, Hunter will be appearing on the Elite 101 where Youth1 ranks the top 101 basketball players in the 2020 class.
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