"We took the photos at his press conference when he committed to NC State so we didn't do anything today," said Wheeler head coach Doug Lipscomb. "J.J. signed all the paperwork this morning, and he has faxed it in. He is now good to go. He signed everything, and he still feels great about it."
Hickson played this summer on the AAU circuit with the World Wide Renegades, and he used the experience to improve as a basketball player. The 6-foot-9 post player is regarded as one of the top players in the country. Scout.com has Hickson listed as the No. 21 player overall in the 2007 class and the No. 3 center, a five-star prospect.
"Most definitely he's improved," coach Lipscomb said. "He's even more fundamentally sound, he's physically stronger, and we see nothing but good things from him.
"He's one of the most talented kids that I've had come along through Wheeler, and I think that's a credit to him because of his hard work and the efforts that the people in the Wildcat family put forth in making sure that our kids are successful," Libscomb stated when Hickson announced his decision. "Hopefully he won't be the last kid to go to Division I. We're looking for several others to step up to the plate.
"I think his strength, his size, and his fundamentally skills are continuing to develop. I'm looking forward to seeing him play this year as well as in the future."
Hickson begins his senior season with a chance to make a statement on national television, as he will lead Wheeler against DeKalb (GA) Columbia High. Wheeler also features 6'8 power forward Trey Lang (unsigned), and talented junior DeQuan Jones, a 6-foot-5 transfer from Stone Mountain, Georgia.
The opener will be televised nationally December 7th on ESPN-U.