Alec Hickman is an intriguing prospect from Southern California headed to Cal. Scout breaks down the 2017 combo guard's game.
California landed a surprise commitment on Thursday, as 6-foot-4, 170-pound San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) J.Serra combo guard Alec Hickman pledged to the Golden Bears.
Hickman is currently a 2016 prospect, but he will reclassify to 2017 and attend prep schools next year, so he still has a couple more seasons of high school basketball left.
After not receiving much college attention last season, Hickman had an impressive July for Team Eleate, proving him as a sleeper that could be strength away from turning the corner.
The Cal staff had been active watching Hickman in workouts in recent weeks, were impressed enough to offer a scholarship and landed a commitment before the combo guard could receive his second offer.
What kind of player is Cal getting in Hickman?
Even though he should be a senior age-wise, Hickman is physically immature enough where he looks like an underclassman so the fact that he’s reclassifying make sense as he needs to get stronger before college.
He has good size and doesn't have a true position but has attributes of both a one and a two.
Hickman is a very good passer and has a good mix of scoring and creating for others. Hickman has range to three - he may be best from the perimeter in the corner - but he's slightly more comfortable pulling up from inside the arc.
He gives sufficient effort on defense and should be able to defend multiple positions, especially once he gets stronger.
Hickman isn't an explosive driver but does have a competent first step. His feel and versatility make him a really intriguing prospect, especially with the reclass, and he's quickly turning the corner from prospect to player.
This is a kid who is moving in the right direction as a player and this season will be big for telling exactly what kind of prospect Cal landed in him.