CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- A quiet, shaky sophomore nervously stepped onto the court as a starter for the first time two years ago.
However, after starting all 21 games this season, Isaiah Hicks confidently said those nerves and game-time mental struggles have faded.
Hicks has found an offensive rhythm, averaging 18.0 points over the last four games - the highest four-game average of his four-year career. He's leading North Carolina not only in field goal percentage, but he's also the team's most productive free throw shooter.
Though Coach Williams says Hicks's rebounding has room for improvement, Hicks does appear to now be embracing his bigger role for 2016-17 Tar Heels and pushing his nerves aside. The result? A more aggressive, confident, and comfortable senior.
"I think Isaiah is playing better and his numbers are better, but they weren’t bad before," Williams said.