ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When he committed to California last September, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra wing Alec Hickman was a bit physically immature, and in need of about a year of seasoning before joining the college ranks. On his way to a prep school in Riverside this fall, Hickman is still a long and lean 6-foot-4, 170, but his game has matured.
At the time of his commitment, Hickman was a shooter from inside the arc, and could stretch out to three in the corners, but what we saw on Friday was a shooter comfortable all along the three-point arc, as Hickman started the game shooting 3-of-4 from three-point range in the first half. He finished 3-of-6, but did show the nascent stages of being able to drive and create.
He's still a bit on the smaller side, physically, so finishing at the rim and finishing through contact are still skills that need to be developed, but the fact that the slender guard is developing his perimeter game is certainly cause for hope. Hickman also showed good court vision and some passing chops in a 20-point win.
Several coaches were watching Hickman and Team Eleate's game against TNL, including Colorado's Tad Boyle, Washington State's Ernie Kent and one of his assistants, an assistant from Tennessee, and Cal's own Wyking Jones.