"He could be a game-changer defensively with his quickness, and is one of the top steal guys in the country, so we really expect him to enhance our defense. He will bring great energy on the court, and is a fierce competitor."
As a junior in 2013-14, Hickey started 31 games for the LSU Tigers, averaging 8.4 points, 3.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals. He shot 34.4 percent from behind the three-point line, making 62 of 180 attempts. He also led the team with 62 steals.
Hickey's best game of the season came in a loss at No. 18 Kentucky when he scored 20 points, dished out eight assists, grabbed five rebounds and had just one turnover in 44 minutes.
His 216 steals are fifth most in LSU history.
HIckey's father told The Advocate of Baton Rouge that Anthony Hickey left LSU after Tigers head coach Johnny Jones told him that his scholarship was not being renewed for the 2014-15 season. HIckey started 23 games as a sophomore, averaging a career-best 11.2 points. He was a starter in 31 of 33 games as a freshman, averaging 8.9 points and 3.8 assists.
A native of Hopkinsville, Ky., Hickey graduated from Christian County High School. He was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky in 2011, leading his team to the Class 5A state championship with 17 points and 12 assists in the title game.