Heels Keeping Tabs on Hicks

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Isaiah Hicks is one of the top rising junior big men in the nation. And the 6-foot-8, 190-pound power forward out of Raleigh (N.C.) Body of Christ Academy (NC) is right in North Carolina's backyard.

The Tar Heels are one of many programs showing interest in the talented 2013 big man, who is in Orlando this week for the Super Showcase with his 16U Garner Road Bulldogs team.

Hicks listed scholarship offers from Miami, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State. He said that Memphis, Missouri, Florida, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Louisville, and Kentucky are the other schools involved in his recruitment.

Although UNC has yet to offer, Hicks said the Tar Heels remain his favorite. UNC is one of two schools he has visited thus far, along with Virginia Tech.

"Right now it's NC State, Kentucky ... and Virginia Tech," Hicks said of who is recruiting him the hardest.

Asked what he is looking for in a school, Hicks replied, "Really, good coaches, good school, good academic program, good campus."

Although North Carolina has yet to offer Hicks a scholarship, the Heels have remained in contact. Hicks said he spoke with UNC assistant coach C.B. McGrath on Thursday.

"He [said he will be] up here at the end of the [Super] Showcase games to watch me," Hicks said of what McGrath told him.

"Then he said Coach Roy and Coach Robinson enjoyed watching me at LeBron Camp and Coach Robinson enjoyed watching me at Kentucky [Hoop Fest]," Hicks added.

UNC has yet to offer Hicks a scholarship. Thus, the question is: what does he have to do to garner an offer from the Tar Heels?

"They didn't really speak of that yet," Hicks said. "They just told me to keep working hard."

Hicks said he does think UNC will end up offering, as UNC explained their desire to target the state's top prospects during a visit to Chapel Hill earlier this year.

"They [said] pretty much [they want to] keep Carolina people in North Carolina [since it is] their home," he said.

Hicks, who said he has yet to speak with Roy Williams, talked about why UNC is his top choice.

"Everything, pretty much I grew up a fan so I already love it," Hicks said. "I like Coach Roy, like the school, good academics."

Hicks said that if he were to receive an offer from North Carolina, he would make a commitment on the spot.

Although he does not have a personal relationship with any current Tar Heels, Hicks has had some interaction with them, including scrimmaging with the team on a visit.

Hicks, who claimed he is in good shape academically, listed shot blocking as the strongest aspect of his game on the hardwood.

"I'm working on everything," he said of areas for improvement, noting a desire to model his game after Kevin Durant. "Now I can shoot the ball. I'll say defensively one-on-one, like out on the wing."

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