Fayetteville, Ark. – Former University of Arkansas forward/center Hunter Mickelson is officially leaving the Razorbacks as announced on Thursday and will enroll at the University of Kansas to play for head coach Bill Self.
Mickelson was a key piece in Mike Anderson’s first recruiting class, largely put together by former head coach John Pelphrey but held together by the incoming Missouri Tigers head coach.
Arkansas had the No. 7 ranked recruiting class in 2011, per Rivals, after signing guards B.J. Young, Ky Rashad Madden, along with forwards Mickelson, Devonta Abron, and Aaron Ross. Only one player remains from the 2011 class, Ky Rashad Madden, with Young recently declaring for the NBA Draft, Abron transferring to TCU, and Ross never making it to the U of A campus.
Out of high school Mickelson, 6’10”, 245 pounds, was ranked the No. 100 player in the nation (Rivals) with offers from Kentucky, Ole Miss, Baylor, and others. The Jonesboro, Arkansas, product was rated as the No. 17 power forward in the nation first committing to Pelphrey.
Speculation at the time of Anderson’s hire was Mickelson wanted a release from his scholarship, as wanted from decision makers around the talented big man. Those same rumors are circulating again as for the primary reason Mickelson will suit up for the perennial Top 25 ranked Kansas Jayhawks in the future instead of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Mickelson was granted his scholarship release on Tuesday April 16, after a season that saw him lose his starting job with 13 games left in the season. Mickelson’s stats between his freshman and sophomore year ring almost identical posting 5.4 points per game with 3.5 rebounds.