Juwan Howard released a statement on Friday afternoon addressing Hunter Dickinson’s surprising decision to enter the transfer portal.

Howard called it “unfortunate” that Dickinson is leaving the program but was largely complimentary of his former starting center.

“Today is bittersweet,” Howard wrote. “While Hunter Dickinson’s departure is unfortunate, there are so many reasons to be thankful for and celebrate. This young man has accomplished so much in his three seasons. Statistics aside, Hunter helped us to a Big Ten title, back-to-back Sweet 16s, as well as a memorable Elite Eight run.

“These are memories that will last a lifetime. What I love most is he was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree, twice. That says so much about his character and maturity. As much as I tried to instill in him, he was a guide and inspiration for me. We wish Hunter and his family all the best in the future.”

Dickinson spent 3 seasons with the Wolverines. Last year, he averaged 18.5 points and a career-best 9.5 rebounds per game. Michigan had an underwhelming season after reaching the Sweet 16 during Dickinson’s first 2 seasons on campus.┬áHe was a consensus All-American for Michigan in 2021.

He now moves on from the program and will have 2 seasons of eligibility at his next destination. He’s likely to be one of the most sought-after transfers on the market this offseason.