Greenville (SC) 22 Feet Academy combo forward Darius Hicks was on the travel circuit playing with MBA Hoops, and his head coach, Omhar Carter, raves about his ability and upside.
"Darius is extremely athletic," said Carter. "He has a 44-inch vertical and is very versatile, athletic, and bouncy. He has a college-ready body and played the '4' for us in the summer."
"I feel like I'm a combo forward," said Hicks. "I can do a little bit of everything. It depends on who is guarding me. Smaller guys I can take the post and big guys I can go by them. I'm working on all assets to be a better overall player."
Hicks, who gave an early commitment to Mississippi State, was at Quitman (MS) High School before transferring to 22 Feet Academy. Currently he holds offers from Purdue, Michigan, Cincinnati, Tulane, and NC State among others.
Over the last ten days he has taken official visits to Tulane, Cincinnati, and NC State (in that order).
"All of them were pretty good visits," said Hicks.
What did he think of the trip to Cincinnati?
"It was good," he said. "I just like the history of Cincinnati... the players they've had fits me and how I play. I like the playing style and how they'll use me and also my relationship with the coaches."
The most recent trip for Hicks was to NC State. He visited the Wolfpack on Friday and Saturday, and they became involved due to his relationship with a new Wolfpack assistant coach.
"I like coach Schroyer a lot," said Hicks. "He was on me when he was at UT Martin, and he just has a great relationship with a lot of Mississippi players. He's a real cool dude."
Coach Carter, who leads the MBA Hoops program that features top 2017 guard Nick Weatherspoon also spoke highly of his relationship with not only Schroyer but also other Wolfpack coaches.
"Well, I have a good relationship with all of them," said Carter. "Coach Gottfried, I've known him for a long time. I also have a good relationship with coach Pierre, and I go way back with coach Schroyer. He's done a great job recruiting players from our program and there is a lot of trust there with him... all of them really."
Hicks talked in-depth about his NC State visit and what he likes about the Wolfpack.
"I was with Terry Henderson, BeeJay Anya, and Lennard Freeman when I was there," he said. "They were cool guys. T.J. Warren was there too. They talked about how much they liked it there and that if I wanted to play against the best players in the country every night then I should go there and play in the ACC.
"I like the tradition at NC State... winning and the ACC. Plus, the coaches said I'd have the chance, if I earn it, to play major minutes. They talked about the opportunities there."
Hicks wasn't sure if he would take any other visits and he doesn't have a leader.
"I'm going to think about it a lot this upcoming week," he said. "I'm open... my decision will be about where I'll spend the next four years at. You have to choose wisely because that's where you have to be for four years."
Hicks is rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com.