Name: J.J. Hickson
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
High School: Wheeler High School
Position: Power Forward/Center
Vitals: 6'9/220/20 ppg
NOTES: A consensus top 25 player, Hickson is rated the No. 3 center prospect in the country by Scout.com. The network has also tabbed Hickson a five-star prospect and the No. 21 player overall in the class of 2007. National recruiting publications Hoop Scoop and Prepstars rate Hickson No. 14 and No. 20 respectively in the class of 2007.
Hickson received offers from NC State, Tennessee, Arizona, Georgetown, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and Miami among others, but he narrowed his list to the Wolfpack and Volunteers after visiting both schools.
He committed to NC State today at a press conference in the Wheeler High gymnasium, and is Sidney Lowe's first frontcourt commitment in the 2007 class, joining 6'5 wing Johnny Thomas.
SCOUTING REPORT: "In the last 10 years [J.J. Hickson] and Cedric Simmons are the most talented post players the program has recruited, I think this is a guy with a huge upside who can score it, defend and impact games early in his career.
"Hickson is a guy with a long term goal of playing professionally. He's the kind of recruit a first year coach can hang his hat on." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep
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