For 5-foot-11, 170-pound guard Anthony Hickey the attention didn't mount until his last few games. Kentucky's Mr. Basketball ran through the state tournament and led Hopkinsville (Ky.) Christian County to a state title
"I played the same, but I guess it was on a big stage for everybody to see," Hickey told Scout.com prior to his first practice at the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic.
"We are in the western part of Kentucky and we don't get that many looks in the western part," he said. "Everybody thought Eastern was going to win it. We picked up our intensity."
Hickey's intensity includes strong defensive play. In fact, the scrappy lead guard takes pride in getting after the opposition on the defensive end.
"I love playing defense," Hickey said. "The defense will take care of the offense. That's how I play. I love playing defense."
"It's a great thing," he said of the increased interest. "It's a whole bunch of work. Coming back from the state tournament there has been a whole bunch of college coaches coming [after me]."
Hickey will take an official visit to LSU on Sunday. It's the only visit he has set up at this time.
"I know they have a big dude coming in," he said. "He's an All-American. If you have a good guard you have to have a good post player. [They have] Johnny O'Bryant and I like their coaching staff also.
Hickey will announce his college choice on May 6th.