OFFICIAL: Hickson to Remain in Draft

Raleigh, N.C. – NC State center J.J. Hickson has signed with an agent, and will remain in the 2008 NBA Draft and will not be returning to NC State. The NBA Draft will be held June 26.

"Getting to the NBA has always been a dream of mine," said J.J. Hickson. "I want to thank Coach Lowe and everybody associated with NC State for all that they have done for me."

"After going through several workouts with NBA teams, J.J. received very positive feedback and feels this is a great opportunity for him to be drafted," said NC State head coach Sidney Lowe. "He had a great season with us last year, and he will always be a part of our Wolfpack family. We are very happy for him and his family."

Hickson was an unanimous selection to the ACC All-Freshman team and honorable mention All ACC in his only season at NC State. Hickson led the Pack in scoring (14.8 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg) and blocked shots (1.52 bpg). He also led the entire ACC in field goal percentage, hitting 59.1 percent of his shots.

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