Hicks holding at one offer

As a freshman, most players are still getting acclimated to playing at a higher level of basketball. But Shelby County (Ky.) guard Darryl Hicks Jr. stepped right into the the fire, leading his team to the state tournament.

As a freshman, most players are still getting acclimated to playing at a higher level of basketball. But Shelby County (Ky.) guard Darryl Hicks Jr. stepped right into the the fire, leading his team to the state tournament.

Shelby County went 24-6 behind freshman sensation Darryl Hicks. Hicks averaged 13.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, but the 6-foot-4 guard has already received his first scholarship offers and attention from several schools.

"I have talked to (Kentucky) coach Calipari about him," said new Shelby County Head Coach Rick Parsons. "Coach Antigua is doing the recruiting for him. It's mostly just letters right now," said Parsons.

Those letters include not only Kentucky, but Cincinnati, Ohio State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Arizona and Louisville. Hicks' first offer came from Indiana and Tom Crean.

"He's got a lot of growing to do," said Parsons. "As a freshman, he's got a pretty good all-around game. He's got to work on everything. But that's going to come with maturity. He's got to tighten up his jumpshot," Parsons said.

Hicks has other things he wants to work on as well. "I want to improve my ball-handling so I can play point guard sometimes," said Hicks.

"I think I played pretty well this year. I worked out a lot and it showed up in my game," Hicks said.

While the class of 2013's day in the sun is still quite a distance away, Hicks will be a prospect that will be fun to follow in the coming years.


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