Hicks was excited about committing to Mississippi State. He decided to do it early Thursday night.
"I called Coach (Rick) Ray first, then I called Coach (George) Brooks," said Hicks, who chose Mississippi State over offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida, Florida State, Troy, Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee State. "When I told him he just screamed. That meant a lot to me."
He explained the reasons he decided to cast his lot with MSU.
"It felt like home," said Hicks. "I feel like in these next couple of years they are going to be something special in football and in basketball I just wanted to be a part of it because I feel that I can contribute to it. By me standing in my home-state I will have a fanbase."
His high school coach, Chris Coleman, feels like MSU is getting a great basketball player as well as person.
"He is a humble kid who takes everything in stride," said Coleman. "He is a really good person outside of basketball. Everybody loves to be around him. He is also a great student in the classroom.
"As a basketball player, he is phenomenal. He is maturing into an all-around player. He is taking on a bigger scoring role for us this year. He is an unselfish kid but I'm asking him to take more shots this year."
Hicks, who was recruited by Mississippi State assistant coach George Brooks, is the second member of the class of 2016 to commit to Mississippi State. He joins Buford (GA) High School combo guard D'Marcus Simonds, who committed to MSU a couple of days ago.
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