Prep Basketball Rankings: No.12 Isaiah Hicks

By Robert White
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North Carolinabound Isaiah Hicks may be the lone 5-star recruit headed to join Roy Williams’ program, but that won’t stop the home state product producing highlight after highlight for the Tar Heels.

Hicks jumped at the opportunity of playing under coach Williams.

“I’ve always loved Carolina,” Hicks said after signing with NC. “I grew up a Carolina fan and just love everything about the school. I can’t even explain it; it’s just where I knew I was supposed to be.”

The Webb High School product is staying close to home in North Carolina and his superior athleticism, length and leaping ability will make him a star. Eventually.

The knock on Hicks is that he is a long, athletic leaper in a class full of them. At this point his game isn’t as refined as it could be, and that fact alone may see him struggle initially. He may be 6’8, but he weighs just 210 pounds and as a projected power forward, he could really use some work on his low post game. Hicks has a very nice developing jump shot that compliments an around-the-rim dunking game a lot of high schools simply can’t compete with, but at the next level he’ll be faced with guys that match up not only height wise, but also athletically.

That said, there is a reason Hicks is an elite prospect and with some minor improvements to already decent areas of his game – dribbling and shooting come to mind – stardom isn’t out of the question. Development will be key, but even if he never becomes an offensive juggernaut, his natural ability, physical tools and defensive skills should be enough to see him into the pros.

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