Heels Go In-Home with Hicks

With fans closely tracking UNC's current recruiting targets, it's easy for Isaiah Hicks to get lost in the shuffle. After all, Hicks committed to Carolina last August within hours of receiving a scholarship offer from UNC.

He remains a top priority for the North Carolina coaching staff, however.

Roy Williams, along with assistants C.B. McGrath and Steve Robinson, traveled to Oxford for an in-home visit with Hicks, his family and Oxford (N.C.) Webb head coach Leo Brunelli this past Sunday.

"The visit went really well," Brunelli said. "The coaching staff did an outstanding job of talking to Isaiah and his mom about Isaiah's future. I was very impressed."

Hicks said he and the staff discussed a variety of subjects.

"We definitely talked about academics," said Hicks. "They just gave me the information they said I need about the NCAA Clearinghouse and all that stuff. Then they talked about the LOI (National Letter of Intent) and National Signing Day in November."

Hicks, who said he was measured at 6-9, 204 pounds during a recent doctor's visit, is ranked the No. 17 player in the class of 2013 by Scout.com. He's one of two UNC commitments in his class, along with point guard Nate Britt.

Four other players in his class – Julius Randle, Jabari Parker, Kennedy Meeks and Troy Williams – have UNC offers. Hicks is the closest with Meeks, Scout.com's top rated center. The two took in a UNC game together last fall.

"I'm real cool with Kennedy," said Hicks. "We talk often – he's just a cool dude."

While he admits they do talk about UNC, Hicks said he's not putting any pressure on Meeks to come to Carolina.

"I honestly don't know what he's going to do," Hicks aid.

Regardless of who else UNC signs in 2013, the UNC staff has asked Hicks to be ready to contribute as a freshman.

"Coach Roy said that if they do [play] the way they think they are (capable of), then (James Michael) McAdoo might not be there," he said. "They said I'll need to be ready to step it up."

Hicks said he plans to attend "every game" the Tar Heels play this season. He'll start by "probably" taking his official visit to UNC the weekend of "Late Night with Roy Williams" – Oct. 12.

Webb and Hicks start practice on Oct. 31 and will play in a couple of high profile regional tournaments, including the HighSchoolOT Invitational in December. He said he's anxious for the season to get started.

"I've just been hitting the weight room and getting some shots up," he said. "I'm ready to go."

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