Hickson, Wheeler Cruise Past South Laurel

LEXINGTON, KY – J.J. Hickson continued his tear at the Nissan Nicholasville Shootout on Saturday as he went for 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler to a 20-point victory over London (Ky.) South Laurel.

"Every game I feel like I can play better because you're never going to have a perfect game," J.J. Hickson said. "I just got my teammates involved and we came out with a victory."

"It was a pretty good performance. We picked up our defensive intensity from the other night and we played pretty good and as a team tonight."

Hickson put together impressive back-to-back performance at the Shootout in Lexington, KY. The 6-9, 220-pound post player went to work on the block and showed off a number of developed post moves around the basket.

South Laurel found out just how lethal his drop-step move is, as he finished it with dunks on helpless defenders. Hickson also showed a nice touch on his jump hook and even stepped out for a free throw line jumper and a three-pointer.

"I'm trying to be as versatile as I can be because at the next level you have to be versatile you can't be one dimensional. Everyone is working on their games so I need to upgrade mine too."

During the second half Hickson got a number of touches on the block and he seemed to convert each one. He's very strong with the ball and his ability to catch entry passes is quite impressive.

It looks like Hickson is in the process of reforming his body. He's already well over 200-pounds and would like to gain a few more pounds of muscle before he gets to North Carolina State.

"It's something I took upon myself," he said about the weight training. "I'm trying to get to the next level and this is just one of the steps."

Hickson, who stays in close contact with Sidney Lowe, said his future coaches haven't set a weight for him to be at when he gets to Raleigh, instead their focus has been on Hickson's academics.

"Not really we haven't talked about that. We talk about academics so I have my grades when I go up there."

The Wildcats will return home to Atlanta and play five league games before they head to the Primetime Shootout and take on Aston (Pa.) American Christian and Tyreke Evans on January 20th.

Wheeler improves to 9-3 on the season after winning both games in the Shootout. Hickson is averaging 26.2 points and 14.4 rebounds per game.

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