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April 26, 2013

KU adds transfer to roster

Kansas coach Bill Self has announced that forward Hunter Mickelson (6-foot-10, 245 pounds), has signed a grant-in-aid agreement to play men's basketball at KU. A transfer from the University of Arkansas, Mickelson will sit out the 2013-14 season and will have two years eligibility at Kansas.

"Hunter is a young man that we recruited out of high school, offered a scholarship and he chose to stay close to home," Self said. "He decided after two years at Arkansas that a change would do him good and we're very excited about the change. He fits how we play. He's long, very interchangeable and will be able to step away from the basket and stretch it. Defensively, he is a presence because he's a shot blocker."

Mickelson started 20 of 31 games played for Arkansas (19-12) in 2012-13, averaged 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and led the Razorbacks with 39 blocked shots. The Jonesboro, Ark., native scored a career-high 16 points against Robert Morris (12/20/12) and grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds against Northwestern State (12/29/12).

Mickelson set the school freshman record with 72 blocks in leading the Razorbacks with 2.3 blocks per contest. Included was a seven-block game against LSU (1/14/12), tying the Arkansas SEC record for blocked shots in a game. Mickelson averaged 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 2011-12 for Arkansas.

For his career, Mickelson started 25 of his 64 games played and averaged 5.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in his two seasons at Arkansas.

"I think the redshirt year will be great for him," Self said. "It will give him the opportunity to get stronger, get confidence and get his game to the point where he can be a serious impact player for us the following year."

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