Oxford Webb senior and North Carolina Tar Heel commit Isaiah Hicks played outstanding on Saturday’s North at the Carolina High School Athletic Association boys basketball championship game against Statesville.
Hicks recorded an outstanding 34 points, 30 rebounds and 7 blocks in the game. Honestly, I thought the rebound number was a typo the first time I read it. News & Observer columnist Tim Stevens called Hicks’ performance the greatest in a North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship game in any sport.
“We just didn’t foul him out early enough,” Statesville coach Sonny Schofield said to the News & Observer. “What a fantastic performance.”
Hicks rebound total broke the previous record of 28.
“In 17 years of doing this, I once saw Kevin Love get 32 rebounds in a game and had never heard of anyone approaching it until Hicks did it last weekend,” said ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep. “Think of it this way, he pulled down one rebound every minute for the entire game.
Hicks will now hope to carry over his senior year success to success at his future college program the North Carolina Tar Heels. Roy Williams must have been impressed from afar after hearing of Hicks’ performance. It looks like the Tar Heels will be getting a special player and I cannot wait to see Hicks pulling down rebounds for the Heels next year. They have a pretty good recruiting class coming in next year and hopefully James Michael McAdoo will come back and go after a national championship game. It’s unlikely to happen this year, because the Heels are only an eight seed, but one day it will happen again.