WKU basketball recruiting update: Anthony Hickey

27 07 2010

I spoke with Christian County coach Kerry Stovall this afternoon about rising senior point guard Anthony Hickey, a player who currently holds a scholarship offer from Western Kentucky for the 2011 season.

Hickey, 5-10 162, averaged over 15 points and six assists per game last season to lead the Colonels to a 30-4 record and into the second round of the KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 in Lexington.

An extremely quick player, Hickey is a pure point guard who – at the high school level – seems to effortlessly be able to break down defenses to both create for others and get his own shot.

All those things combined with a strong summer in the AAU circuit should put Hickey among the list of names that will likely have an argument for Mr. Basketball in Kentucky this coming season.

“He’s played extremely well (this summer in AAU) and he’s doing the things he’s needed to do this summer to get himself ready to play at a high level,” Stovall said. “He’s as fast a kid with the basketball as you’ll find in this state and elsewhere really. He’s a great defender who shares the ball very well.

“His weaknesses coming into this year were his 3-point shooting and his ability to pull up and make that tweener – but those are two things he’s really worked at on his own and it’s starting to pay off. That’s just going to give him an opportunity to play at an even higher level than some of the places that have offered him already.”

According to our friend Jason Stamm at InsideHilltopperSports.com, Hickey currently possess offers from Murray State, Oklahoma State, Lipscomb and WKU. Various other schools are listed as interested at the moment, including the likes of Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Southern Illinois, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

Stovall said that once Hickey wraps up his current AAU season, the two of them have plans on sitting down and prioritizing just who the 2009-10 Region 2 Player of the Year is seriously interested in.

And according to Stovall, no matter what type of list gets created, WKU is assuredly going to be in the mix for Hickey’s services right down to the end.

“He really likes Western, I’m not going to lie to you about it,” Stovall said. “He’s gotten to know the staff really well and he really does like Western a lot. But right now with AAU, those guys are everywhere – Orlando, Indianapolis, Las Vegas – they travel so much that their heads start to spin pretty much throughout the whole summer. So we’ll have to sit and talk later this week about what he’s got on his mind. Whether he wants to commit early or wait. But that’s a decision that he and his mom and his dad will all three make together, and that’s the best way to do it.

“But there’s no question Western will be involved in this to the end, no question whatsoever.”

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