Isaiah Hicks PF 5 stars 6-8, 210 Oxford, NC Webb Hicks is often forgotten when discussing Carolina recruiting prospects because everybody’s attention is on where the uncommitted prospects will go. Given the maturity of his game, don’t be surprised if he’s one of the top freshman in the 2013 class. Here’s a closer look.
Hicks is polished on both ends of the floor, a very talented shot blocker and 1 on 1 defender. Hicks has good lateral movement and is a decent help defender for this stage in his development. Offensively he’s explosive for a big man and can get to the rim and create his own shot. His leaping ability is on par with the top athletes in the class and he can really finish at the rim. Hicks needs to sure up his post up game and develop more back to the basket moves. Is one of the top players in the nation and fits Carolinas system like a glove. He excels at running the floor and is a tremendous athlete.
Hicks committed to Carolina immediately after receiving his offer, he’s a local product who loves Carolina. The vast amount of improvement he has shown from year to year throughout his high school career have convinced me he is up to the task of being an instant impact player.
He’s very athletic with long arms, rebounds the ball well and causes disruption around the rim as a shot blocker. He has a great mid-range shot that is consistent with three point range. Hicks compares to James Michael McAdoo when you look at their style of play and athleticism and ability to create their own shot. He also shares McAdoo’s lack of a traditional big mans post game however I view Hicks as more polished with his back to the basket than McAdoo was at this stage in his development. If Hicks can polish that part of his game and become a threat in the post he could be unstoppable. His mid-range jump shot is terrific and he has very few flaws outside of his post game.
When Hicks arrives in Chapel Hill he will be apart of a nucleus of big men that will allow him to develop with fellow 2013 prospect Kennedy Meeks and current freshman Joel James and Brice Johnson. If James and Johnson take the necessary and expected steps in their development both interior positions will have a dangerous combination of talent.