Hicks suits up as McDonald’s All-American
Isaiah Hicks will get his first true taste of the national spotlight Wednesday in Chicago when the McDonald’s All-American game tips off in the United Center.
The game will provide more icing on the cake for Hicks, who ended his high school career with a 34-point, 30-rebound performance in J.F. Webb’s state championship win. He followed that by being named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year before earning state MVP honors in the Carolina Challenge in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Hicks and his East team will take on the West squad Wednesday (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.) in the nation’s highest-profile high school basketball all-star showcase.
Hicks did not participate in the Powerade Jam Fest Monday night. Washington recruit Nigel Williams-Goss won the 3-point shootout and future Florida Gator Chris Walker claimed the dunk contest.
Hicks is joined on the East team by future North Carolina teammate Kennedy Meeks of Charlotte along with the nation’s consensus top recruit, Andrew Wiggins. The 6-foot-7 small forward has narrowed down his college choices to North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, and Florida State.
The East team, coached by Freddy Johnson of Greensboro Day School, also features N.C. State recruit Anthony Barber, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Hampton, Va.
Jabari Parker is the highest-rated West player. The 6-foot-8 Chicago product is headed to Duke next season along with West teammate Matt Jones, a guard from DeSoto, Texas. Kentucky leads the way with six McDonald’s All-Americans.