The 6-7, 190-pound forward who attends Raleigh (N.C. ) Body of Christ first made his presence felt at the Carolina Challenge last spring. Then over the summer playing with the Garner Roads traveling team, Hicks continued to build on his reputation as an impressive underclassman prospect.
During his sophomore season, Hicks, who ranks No. 23 in Scout.com's 2013 class rankings, said he's tried to show his versatility and improve his ball skills and shooting ability.
"[I'm working on] shooting and dribbling," Hicks said. "I have the shooting part down a little bit, I just don't do it during the games. I can dribble well with my left and right. I can do the things a small forward does, but I just don't do them in a game."
Overall the talented sophomore said his season has been a success.
"It's been good," Hicks said. "It's been a good season for me. I need to be more aggressive."
"I've been playing well," he added. "I block shots. I rebound. I get like two or three dunks [a game] and the rest I just do random stuff."
Despite his sophomore season coming to an end, Hicks has already received quite a bit of college interest. Virginia Tech, Xavier and North Carolina have all reached out to him. But one of the three already stands out to him.
"I just found out Carolina is looking at me," Hicks said. "That's the school I've always wanted to go to."
"They came to some AAU season games (last summer), but they didn't see me this year," he added. "I've talked to the coaches though."
"[I like] pretty much everything," he said. "That's the primary college I like. I like their teamwork."
During one of the trips, he got the opportunity to briefly meet Roy Williams.
"I shook his hand and that's pretty much it," Hicks said. "He said they were going to keep watching me."
Hicks, who will run with Garner Roads again on the spring and summer circuit, said he's also taken an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech.