Height: 6’ 8”
Weight: 205 lbs
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
DOB: November 20, 2003
Gradey Dick is one of the top freshmen basketball players in the country, having an impressive year with the Kansas Jayhawks. Starring primarily as a small forward through the season’s first 26 games, Dick is averaging 14.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 1.5 SPG, all while shooting 42.7% from 3-PT range and 84.5% from the free throw line. He will most likely be a lottery pick in the upcoming 2023 NBA Draft, with a good chance of landing as a top 10 pick.
Recruitment and Early Career
Gradey Dick had a very decorated high school career, playing 2 seasons for Wichita Collegiate School in Wichita, Kansas, before transferring to Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas. He was a 2-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, a McDonald’s All-American, and helped lead Sunrise to a 2nd place finish at the Geico High School National Championship during the 2020-2021 season. He was a highly-rated recruit in the Class of 2022, ranked 14th by ESPN100, 19th by 247sports.com, and 27th by Rivals.com.
The Gradey Dick recruiting process began early during his high school career at Wichita Collegiate School. Dick received offers from several different big-time schools, including Baylor, Florida, Illinois, and Iowa State. However, he chose to play locally for the Kansas Jayhawks, citing the school’s great basketball culture.
He had attended many Jayhawks games growing up and was impressed by the vibrant atmosphere and packed houses that have become synonymous with Kansas Jayhawk basketball. He joined an impressive Kansas basketball roster that included 2 other freshmen who were previously McDonald’s All-Americans as well.
Gradey Dick Age and Minutes
Dick is one of the youngest players in college basketball, playing the first 4 games of the season as an 18-year-old. He turned 19 years old on November 20 and has shown almost no limitations due to youth or inexperience, establishing himself as one of the Jayhawks’ best players while playing a total of 835 minutes to date.
Gradey Dick Wingspan
Although Dick’s wingspan is not officially on record as of early-February 2023, it is unofficially believed to be near 7 feet. An official measurement could be recorded during the 2023 NBA Draft Combine.
Gradey Dick Parents
Gradey Dick’s parents are Bart and Carmen Dick. He has 3 siblings, Kelsey, Brodey, and Riley. His father, Bart, played both football and basketball at Fort Hays State University. His mother, Carmen, played basketball at Iowa State University and professionally in Japan.
The Dick family has become a fixture at Kansas basketball games over the years, with all 5 members consistently attending many games together at the Allen Fieldhouse.
Gradey Dick Jersey
Gradey Dick currently wears jersey #4, different from the #1 jersey he wore during his time at Wichita Collegiate School and the #3 jersey he wore at Sunrise Christian Academy. Teammates Joseph Yesufu and Dajaun Harris Jr., who are both juniors on the Jayhawks roster, already had the #1 and #3 jerseys.
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Gradey Dick is more than just a shooter. He’s a talent that plays both sides of the ball. A scorer that knocks down shots, leak outs in transition, defends, and hits his free throws. For the season the Kansas Jayhawks are 18-2 when Dick scores 9 or more points.
When putting points on the board Gradey Dick creates his own shots and moves well without the ball to get clean scoring opportunities. Whether creating off the dribble, catching & shooting, cutting to the basket or getting out in transition Dick has been an efficient offensive player for the Jayhawks to date.
Knocking down shots
Either off the dribble or catch & shoot Gradey Dick is a very good shooter from mid range and long distance. Plus he has deep range and the ability to pull from NBA territory.
Shooting off the dribble is a calculated process for Dick. Off the face up & pivot, head fakes keep defenders restless, sweep throughs evade their swipes at the ball and jab steps keep them guessing.
When defenders bite on Gradey Dick’s jab steps they usually have a tough time keeping up with the quick 1st step that follows. It’s a 1st step that often leads to a one or two dribble midrange pull up or a step back that’s more than likely to create separation.
For the persistent defender head fakes raise them off their feet. While the defender is on the way down, Dick attempts to draw fouls in the process of shooting a jump shot by jumping into his vulnerable airborne defender. Dick heads to the line for two when successful. When he’s not successful off balance jumpers are the result.
In catch & shoot situations Dick is always ready to fire. Because he’s already in a shooters stance before the catch he effortlessly gets his shot off. Plus his release point is high and quick.
Scoring at the basket
Gradey Dick is more than just a shooter that scores from the perimeter. He also attacks the basket off the dribble. As already mentioned he has a quick 1st step. And when combined with shimmies off the face up and straight line attacks Dick blows past the defense.
Plus his off ball movement is decent. Dick can also get to the basket for field goal attempts on back door cuts. At the rim he finishes with both hands, acrobatically when avoiding shot blocks and catches lobs.
Leaks out and scores in transition
In transition Dick is often ahead of the pack. His leak outs happen very quickly after turnovers or when shots go up. Some may even feel he cherry picks.
Either way his leak outs lead to spot up, pull up jumpers or finishes at the rim. At the basket Dick does a nice job of evading ball swipers and shot blockers by finishing with acrobatic layups and one handed flushes. Although lacking explosive lift Dick catches lobs and finishes with two handed flushes on the break as well. Dick is also capable of finding shooters.
For the most part Dick is a reliable defender. Whether switching or staying in front of his man he’s alert and exerts effort. Far from a defensive liability. Plus his hands are quick for steals and he holds his own.
As an on ball defender he’s decent. There’s consistent effort. He slides his feet quickly to stay with his man off the dribble, cut off baseline attacks and keeps close enough to contest jump shots well.
More often than not Dick sticks to his man off the dribble and is never too far behind. But there are also times when he’s left flat footed while struggling to keep up with quick guards.
As an off ball defender Dick can get into the passing lanes for steals. On the flip side he occasionally gets caught sleeping and back doored.
In the post Dick battles with his hands straight up while he bodies up against back down attempts. Quick recognition to take advantage of ball handlers distracted by a help defense double team. Quick hands to strip the distracted and a quick response time to recover balls that are poked loose.
Average rebounder at his position. He boxes out, fights for position and puts himself in the vicinity to grab boards.
At the next level
At the next level Dick has the potential to become a solid two way starting caliber wing. His translatable skills are creating his shot, knocking down jump shots, spacing the floor and stretching the opposing teams’ defenses, scoring with off ball movement, knocking down free throws and scoring in transition. Plus he’ll hold his own on the defensive side of the ball.
But before Gradey Dick can become a solid two way starting caliber wing in the NBA he must first learn to consistently score on a nightly basis. Second, pray he doesn’t go to a team that plans to underutilize his potential and skill set. Ex: A 3 & D role that only requires him to spot up in the corner and play defense. He has so much more to offer.
Gradey Dick’s 2022-2023 NCAA Stats
|MINUTES PER GAME||32.1|
|POINTS PER GAME||14.7|
|FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE||46.3|
|THREE POINT PERCENTAGE||42.7|
|FREE THROW PERCENTAGE||84.5|
|REBOUNDS PER GAME||4.9|
|ASSIST PER GAME||1.6|
|TURNOVERS PER GAME||1.2|
|STEALS PER GAME||1.5|
|BLOCKS PER GAME||0.2|
2022-2023 Season and Beyond
While Dick would most likely be a lottery pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, most likely landing in the 10 to 12 range, there is a small possibility he may choose to play 1 more season at Kansas. He is a very good outside shooter, spaces the floor well, and has decent overall athleticism that will benefit his future career in the NBA.
After a torrid 16-1 start to the season, Kansas has lost 4 of their last 6 games to fall to 18-5. However, they will most likely rebound and end up being a high seed in the 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, largely as a result of Dick’s contributions.
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- Kansas guard Gradey Dick (4) celebrates a Kansas bucket against West Virginia during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on …
- Gradey Dick and McCullar had 16 while Adams had 13 and Jalen Wilson finished with 11. Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
- Gradey Dick drained five 3-pointers to highlight his 16-point performance, and Kevin McCullar Jr. also contributed 16 points for the Jayhawks.