Big Game for Williams, Hickson Heads to KY

Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt standout C.J. Williams continues his stellar play as the junior led a furious comeback win over Hope Mills (NC) South View.

Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt standout C.J. Williams continues his stellar play as the junior led a furious comeback win over Hope Mills (NC) South View.

Britt trailed by one at the half, but behind Williams the team bounced back to win 50-45. The 6-foot-5 star tallied 25 points, with 15 coming in the second half. Williams knocked down 11-of-21 field goals and was 3-of-7 from behind the 3-point line. He added eight blocks, six rebounds, and three steals.

Britt is now 12-2 on the season. Through 14 games, Williams is averaging 25.5 points and eight boards. He committed to NC State in November over offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, and South Carolina among others. Williams is currently second in scoring in the state of North Carolina.

The Bucs play at Douglas Byrd tonight at 7:15 p.m. Pack Pride will have exclusive video of Williams in action next week so stay tuned!


Marietta (GA) Wheeler High and J.J. Hickson hit the hardwood again this weekend as they are participating in the 2007 Nissan on Nicholasville Shootout at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Kentucky.

Wheeler faces Lexington Catholic High in the opener at 7:00 p.m. The Wildcats will then play Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. against South Laurel High.

The tournament is loaded with quality teams and high-major signees. Other teams participating include: Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day (A.J. Stewart -- Kentucky), South Laurel High (Ty Proffitt -- Notre Dame), and Norcross (GA) High ((Gani Lawal -- Georgia Tech), (Tony Neysmith -- Oklahoma) and (Jordan DeMercy -- Florida State)).

J.J. Hickson
This will be the second big tournament in as many weeks for Wheeler. Hickson led the team to a 2-2 record in the 2006 Les Schwab Invitational, held last week in Oregon. The Wildcats lost the tournament finale 73-58 to Mountain View (AZ). Hickson tallied 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds in the contest, shooting just 7-of-18 from the field. It was Wheeler's fourth game in four days.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound post player dominated the competition all week, and he was easily one of the best players in attendance. In four games, he averaged 27.5 points and 12.3 rebounds, finishing second in the tournament in both statistics behind UCLA verbal Kevin Love. Love averaged 28.5 points and 13.3 boards.

Through ten games, Hickson is now averaging 25.5 points and 14.5 rebounds as Wheeler returns to Georgia 7-3 on the season.

A consensus top 25 player, Hickson is rated the No. 3 center prospect in the country by Scout.com. The network has also tabbed him a five-star prospect and the No. 21 player overall in the class of 2007. He is expected to be a McDonald's All-American this spring.

Pack Pride will have exclusive coverage of the 2007 Nissan on Nicholasville Shootout so stay tuned!


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