December 2, 2014 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
The Definition of Heart
Over the Weekend former U of L men’s basketball head coach Denny Crum and U of K former coach Joe B. Hall, hosted the Bluegrass Showcase. The Showcase was at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, KY and featured some of the best high school basketball talent in the country. While many scouts had their eyes on players like Terrance Ferguson, Caleb Swanigan, Josh Jackson, and the athletic 7 footer Thon Maker, another recruit from Tennessee was out to make his own statement against elite competition.
His name is Malik Hicks and although he stands at only 6 ft.5 and plays the forward position, he is fearless! Hicks averaged nearly 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game in his junior year at South Side High School in Tennessee. He decided to transfer to Arlington Country Day Prep School in Jacksonville, Florida this off-season. Saturday Hicks showed that he wouldn’t be denied even if Josh Jackson, the number 2 overall recruit in the class of 2016, was in his way. Analyzed Sports caught up with Hicks to see his thought process on the highlight against Jackson and his future as a basketball player.
Analyzed Sports: How was your experience at the Bluegrass showcase?
Hicks: It was great, I played against some great players I really enjoyed myself.
Analyzed Sports: What did you see on offense that led to the play against Jackson?
Hicks: Well I had the ball on the baseline and went middle to attack the basketball hard and just slammed it…
Analyzed Sports: As an undersized forward what aspects of your game make you tougher for your opponents to guard?
Hicks: The fact that I am quicker then most forwards, that makes it tougher for them to guard me.
Analyzed Sports: What aspects will you have to work on to become better at the next level?
Hicks: I will have to get better with my ball handling skills and my jump-shot to be good on the next level.
Analyzed Sports: How does it feel to be considered among the best high school players in your class?
Hicks: It feels great but the best is yet to come.
Hicks already has offers from Cincinnati, Oakland, Louisiana Tech, Western Kentucky, Southern Miss, UT Chattanooga, Ole Miss, UT Martin, and Oklahoma State. However his stock could rise tremendously as he has proven that he can play against some of the best competition in the country. Still Hicks will have to keep developing as he stated, so that he could potentially slide into the two guard position at the next level. One thing is certain about Malik Hicks he plays with a lot of heart!
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