Mickelson transferring to Kansas

FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas forward Hunter Mickelson is going to Kansas.

Mickelson told the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World he has decided to transfer to the Jayhawks less than two weeks after requesting a release from Arkansas.

The 6-foot-10 Mickelson will play for Kansas coach Bill Self, who recruited the Jonesboro native when he was a top 100 prospect in high school.

“I am really excited. I have a good feeling about it (transferring to KU),” Mickelson told the newspaper. “I talked to coach (Bill) Self once or twice.

“We talked about the future and how things would go. It sounded like something I wanted to be a part of, so I made my decision.”

Mickelson left Arkansas after two seasons with the Razorbacks. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.6 minutes a game last season, struggling to make an impact in Arkansas coach Mike Anderson’s up-tempo system.

He was part of a highly-touted recruiting class put together by former coach John Pelphrey. The class also included BJ Young, Devonta Abron, Ky Madden and Aaron Ross. Madden is the only player still with the program after two years.

“Just because of the tradition they have … the opportunity to get to play in a national championship or play deep in the tournament … that’s all I wanted,” Mickelson told the Lawrence Journal-World about his reasons for choosing the Jayhawks.