Deacs In Good With Hickson

James (J.J.) Hickson is being recruited heavily by a number of high major schools across the country. Where do the Deacs stand with the big guy? Find out inside.

For James Hickson life is good. The 6-foot-8, 220 pound big man boasts a ton of offers and has seven shoeboxes full of letters from colleges.

"It's going beautifully," Sandra Glass of the World Wide Renegades said. "We are really excited about it and I know he's excited about it. Right now he's probably looking at close to 60 high major offers."

Glass has known Hickson for a number of years and she is one of his mentors and AAU coaches. Glass indicated that Hickson is working extremely hard on grades right now and that they are drastically improving. Grades are such a focus that he hasn't been taking unofficial visits.

"A lot of coaches and everything have been a little upset because we weren't really trying to get into the unofficial visits because that would have taken away from his studying. That's what's so important to me and his grandmother. With out books there is no ball, that's plain and simple."

The five-star power forward has even had to tell some coaches to call back because he needs to concentrate on his books.

"Even the coach from Wake Forest, Coach Battle. I told him, Coach I'd appreciate if you call tomorrow night or Thursday. He's got to knock out his homework," Glass said.

So is Wake Forest recruiting Hickson pretty hard?

"Yes. Very," Glass responded. "They already offered too. They are recruiting him really hard."

"We are kind of feeling real good about that. Of course they send a lot hand written letters to him. We are kind of excited about Wake Forest."

Wake Forest assistant coach Jeff Battle is the lead recruiter for Hickson and Glass said that Battle and head coach Skip Prosser have done a great job in the recruitment.

"Coach Battle is really putting in a lot of time with him and he's already talked to Coach Prosser. Skip even came down to see him at Southwest Christian when he was there to see Javaris. He has talked to him about two or three times."

While Wake Forest is certainly in good with Hickson, there is still a lot of time left in the recruiting process and according to Glass his recruitment is still open.

""He's pretty much wide open, he's enjoying the recruitment. He's just trying to stay focused in the classroom. We have a little catching up for him to do in the books."

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