UNC Basketball Recruiting: Isaiah Hicks named N.C.’s Mr. Basketball

Tar Heel commit Isaiah Hicks of Oxford, NC has been named North Carolina’s Mr. Basketball. Hicks is the star of UNCs 2013 recruiting class the 6-8, 210 pound power forward is a consensus five star prospect.  A recent participant in the McDonald’s All-American game, Hicks was also named the Carolina 6 boys’ basketball player of the year in a vote of league coaches and was named 2012-13 Gatorade North Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year..

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.

Isaiah led led Oxford Webb to the N.C. 3A championship.  He led the Warriors to a 27-5 record, averaging 22.9 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.6 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists.

Hicks joins a now deep rotation inside the paint at Carolina where he will team with James Michael McAdoo who recently announced his return.  Also teaming with Hicks inside the paint will be incoming freshman Kennedy Meeks, sophomores Brice Johnson and Joel James as well as juniors Desmond Hubert and Jackson Simmons.

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