``I had gone to a lot of Southwest Atlanta Christian's games and I liked the way they bonded," said the 6-foot-8 1/2, 225-pound rising junior. "When I got there, they opened me with open arms."
Hickson finished averaging a dozen points and 10 boards per game as a complimentary guy to guard Javaris Crittenton, mostly on putbacks and hustle plays around the basket.
Now Hickson, who was on the JV at Carver his a little more than a year ago, will take his soft-spoken confidence into the spring and summer with the World Wide Renegades. Part of that confidence stems from an outing against one of the top players in the nation, Gani Lawal, a few weeks ago.
``I scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds and I think he only had 6 or 8 points," Hickson said.
``I like going against good competition and I have a lot of confidence," Hickson said. "I want to prove I'm one of the top players in the nation. I know I'm under the radar right now."
Hickson, 16, was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and moved to the Atlanta area in the eighth grade.
Right now Auburn seems to be the school that has shown the most interest and is the early favorite, although he's also looking at Clemson, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Alabama and Cincinnati.
Playing time will be crucial in his decision-making process.
``I like Auburn because the coach came to a lot of my games and I like his interest in me," Hickson said.