Hickson Has Many Offers

James Hickson has a list. No, not that kind of list. Hickson, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound junior power forward at Wheeler High (Ga.), has about 10 names that he'd like to get a chance to go up against. Big men in the Class of 2007 who are ahead of him in the rankings.

Hickson recently crossed one name – Georgia forward Gani Lawal – off the list after he torched him for 40-plus points in an October showcase in the state.

"I went into the game knowing he was the number one guy in Georgia," Hickson said. "I felt like I had to prove myself – and I did."

Getting back to that other kind of list, Hickson (Scout.com, No. 21) is a guy who claims an offer from North Carolina and numerous other schools.

One of Hickson's coaches from the World Wide Renegades, who would prefer to remain anonymous, said that North Carolina assistant coach Steve Robinson calls Hickson as often as the NCAA allows.

Hickson said that his current list of leaders (in no particular order) includes Wake Forest, South Carolina, Duke, N.C. State, Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. North Carolina, according to Hickson, has indeed offered a scholarship.

Florida, Florida State, Miami, Arizona, Illinois, Alabama and Georgia are also in the mix. According to Hickson, Duke is the only one yet to put forth an offer.

Hickson is a guy who has been difficult to keep track of. He started his high school career at Carver High before transferring to Southwest Atlanta Christian, where he teamed with Georgia Tech-bound point guard Javaris Crittenton a year ago.

However, Hickson made another move prior to the start of this season when he landed at Wheeler High (Ga.), which has won three of the past four state titles.

"He's a good kid who comes from a great family," Wheeler coach Doug Lipscomb said. "He's a team guy. In fact, sometimes I think he's too unselfish."

"He's going to get a lot better here," added Lipscomb. "He's very talented and loves to play the game."

Hickson has gotten off to a good start this season and is eligible after there was speculation that he'd have to sit out until January. Hickson began the season with 28 points and 10 boards and has averaged 15 points in his last two games.

"I'm the type of guy whose going to adapt to my surroundings," Hickson said. "The reason for me leaving Southwest Atlanta Christian and coming here was because of academics and also financial."

Hickson is a strong, athletic power forward who plays hard and has shown the ability to step out and make shots. He went into the summer as virtually an unknown, but came out as one of the most sough-after big man in the junior class after an impressive run with the World Wide Renegades.

"He's a strong rebounder with very good post moves," Lipscomb added. "He's going to be a force on the defensive end as well."

As far as his recruitment is concerned, it's still early.

"Everyone's the same right now," Hickson said. "The thing I'm looking for is to get playing time early."

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