Schools Lining Up For James Hickson

The 9th ranked power forward in the class of 2007 spoke with Evan Daniels, of, about the season and how his recruitment is shaping up.

Before the season started, it was questionable whether the 9th ranked power forward in the country, James Hickson, would be ready to go for the season.

When he transferred from Southwest Christian Academy to Wheeler HS there was a little confusion on whether he was going to be eligible or not. But when the official transcript was sent to his new school, Hickson was cleared to play.

Not only has he been able to play, but he has played great. In his first game of the season Hickson recorded a double-double scoring 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

"I think I played good," Hickson explained. "The first game I stayed in until the third quarter and I had 28. But the last two games we've played I didn't play the second half."

The 6-foot-8, 220 pound power forward worked extremely hard in between AAU and high school ball and he is reaping the rewards. Hickson worked out two or three times a day working on his ball handling, his jump shot, and lifting weights.

"My ball handling, even though I might not need it right now I know sooner or later I'm going to need it," Hickson responded when asked what he was working on the most. "I'm extending my range out to the 3-point line because I have the little 15 footer down pat so I'm just trying to extend my range a little more."

Schools are taking notice of his play as well. Just a sample of the schools that are recruiting him pretty hard are Wake Forest, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Duke, Arizona, Illinois, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia Tech and there are plenty more that are showing interest.

Out of those schools all but Duke has offered, according to Hickson. He also says that at this point there isn't a leader.

"Not really because they are all telling me the same thing, that I have to come in and work hard," Hickson said. "No school has told me I could come in and start right away."

His overall decision will come down to playing time. He wants to play early and often.

"Basically to come in and get playing time right away, I'm not saying I have to start or anything. But I just want to get playing time."

Don't expect an announcement from Hickson anytime soon as he doesn't plan on taking any visits until his senior year.

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