Hunter Dickinson, the standout center at Michigan, says the school has improved when it comes to NIL. On3 Sports’ Clayton Sayfie reported on what he thinks about it.

Just a year ago Dickinson appeared on a podcast, calling the Wolverines’ NIL policies “restrictive”, and the inability to use the school’s trademarks and logos “frustrating”.

Speaking at B1G Media Days on Wednesday, the center spoke about how the school has improved on NIL since his remarks last fall.

“I’d say we’ve grown a lot from the University of Michigan with NIL. At first, they weren’t trying to embrace it. Now that we’re a year into it, I think Michigan now knows that they have to embrace it more, because it’s what college basketball and college athletics is at this point. So I think we’re doing a better job of adapting. I think there’s still a lot of room to grow.”

Dickinson was a consensus four-star recruit out of Maryland, signing with the Wolverines over offers from Duke, Florida State, and Notre Dame according to 247Sports. In his freshman year, Dickinson led Michigan in scoring (14.1), rebounding (7.4), double-doubles (5) and 10+ rebounding games (5).

Although Dickinson was eligible, he chose to forego the NBA Draft, in part due to the NIL improvement at Michigan. “It definitely made it easier,” Dickinson said of his decision.

“Without NIL, it definitely would’ve been a harder decision to make. But now, with the opportunity to make money while you’re still in college, that definitely helps my decision and other guys like me.”