Top Athlete In No Hurry To Commit
In one game at the Nike All-American Camp, 6-6 Greensboro (NC) Dudley forward Eric Hicks just couldn't stop dunking. He attacked the rim on the break, off misses and off the dribble. In short, he was in the process of commanding everyone's attention.
Since camp, Hicks has become a pretty hot commodity. "Well, a lot of coaches are calling and I get a lot more mail," Hicks said. "I wouldn't say there is a leader. I am wide open right now."
So far, NC State, Wake Forest, Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, Virginia Tech and Clemson seem to have made impressions on him. He wants to take all five visits and make a commitment in the latter part of spring. "I just want to see who is going to offer and make sure I like the campus and everything."
At 6-6, Hicks basically plays the position of athlete. He's not a true SF or PF, he just gets it done. "If I have someone big on me, I can outrun them and dunk. Then, if someone is smaller I can take them down low. I judge my game on the size of my opponents. If he's smaller I am going to post him up a lot more."
Because of his unique style of play, it's going to be important for Hicks to select the right style of play. Halfcourt basketball isn't going to suit his game and that's not what he wants. He wants to turn up the tempo with a lot of transition and running up and down the floor. That's what really suits his game.
One area he needs to improve is his perimeter skills, and he realizes this. It's just a facet that would serve him well for the college game. "Sometimes I missed some shots bad at Nike."
Academically, Hicks says he's within range on the SAT. Last year, Hicks averaged 19 points and 8 rebounds. He was coming off an ACL/MCL injury, which was supposed to take 8 months to recover from, and he did it in six. He says he's lost a little quickness, but you would never know it.
He'll play with the Charlotte Aces in Orlando later this month.