Being a Division I head coach seemed like a pipe dream, but so had being an assistant coach at that level. It was impossible to know where exactly his journey would lead him next. If Yaklich ever became a head coach, he wanted to be ready.
Over the course of the past few months, Nunez has garnered a significant amount of fame and attention on the wildly popular video-sharing platform TikTok. He boasts nearly 650,000 followers on his verified account, where he posts videos of him playing basketball, dancing and performing comedy skits.
After an offseason spent in limbo, college basketball received a dose of clarity on Wednesday. The NCAA Division I Council reached a comprehensive agreement that, among other protocols, announced the 2020-21 season will start on Nov. 25.
Last spring, as the former Columbia point guard narrowed down his list of transfer suitors, the candid and persistent approach of Michigan coach Juwan Howard stood out among the rest. In early April, Smith chose the Wolverines over Gonzaga, Arizona and Seton Hall.
The Wolverines need Dickinson, a four-star center and the 42nd-ranked recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings, to contribute right away. Two-year starter Jon Teske graduated in the spring, leaving Dickinson and fifth-year senior Austin Davis — who has yet to start in his collegiate career — as the only centers on the roster.