North Carolina

Isaiah Hicks quickly accepts UNC offer

Posted August 9, 2011

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— Less than two hours after University of North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams offered Isaiah Hicks a scholarship, he gave the Tar Heels their first verbal commitment in the class of 2013.

“I felt good, like I was just smiling really (when he offered), I couldn’t say anything -- too much excitement,” Hicks said. “He told me that he doesn’t just offer anybody and let me know who in my class he offered. On the ride back home, I was just too hyped. I knew where I was going anyway, so I committed.”

Hicks first informed assistant coaches C.B. McGrath and Steve Robinson of his decision, and then called Williams.

“They were a little surprised because I committed so quick,” Hicks explained. “When I told Coach Roy, he loved it. He said I have potential and that the sky is the limit for me. He told me he didn’t know what position I was going to play because I could grow.

“He just said to keep my grades up and keep working. Before we got off the phone, he said he would call me and check up on me a lot.”

Hicks, a 6-foot-8, 193-pound power forward, is ranked the No. 13 prospect in the Class of 2013 and the top rated prospect in North Carolina by Scout.com. The Raleigh (N.C.) Body of Christ junior was accompanied on the Monday evening visit to Chapel Hill by his parents and Body of Christ head coach Darryl Harris.

"Roy Williams was great," explained Harris. "I was inspired by the things he had to say. He was real, it was awesome.”

"We sat in the office. He talked to us about 25 or 30 minutes about life. He asked Isaiah some questions about the summer and school work. Then he just went right into it. He said 'I'm asking all this because I want to offer you a scholarship. You are a highest priority right now for us.'

Monday’s visit was Hicks’ fourth trip to UNC in the last year. His last visit was in early June, where he got a chance to play pickup with some of UNC’s current team.

“Playing with them was way different than high school,” said Hicks. “I played against Harrison Barnes and those guys are just big and strong. John (Henson) was just blocking everything in sight.”

In previous interviews, Hicks made no secret that UNC was his clear-cut leader and that he would likely commit if offered. The North Carolina staff watched him throughout July, and Roy Williams was courtside for Hicks's near triple double in the Super Showcase 16U title game.

An admitted life-long UNC fan, Hicks said he chose the school because of its academics and litany of players that have succeeded at both the collegiate and professional level.

He chose UNC over North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Miami, Louisville, Kentucky, Florida, Memphis and Missouri.

With his college decision out of the way, an excited Hicks said he has a single focus in the 22 months before he’s scheduled to enroll at UNC.

“I’m trying to improve my game and get better,” he said before pausing and exhaling. “It feels good to be a Tar Heel.”

-Evan Daniels contributed to this report.

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  • Tarheel born Aug 9, 2011

    Congratulations to Isiah Hicks, his parents, his HS coaches AND to THE UNC Chapel Hill. He seems to have his priorities in order. Good luck to him as he joins the Carolina Family........GO HEELS!!!

  • kornfan2448 Aug 9, 2011

    View quoted thread



    They have been punished.....they're NC State.

  • mikecussmeout Aug 9, 2011

    Classes without books???
    http://books.google.com/books?id=VBAEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA201&lpg=PA201&dq=chris+washburn+couldn't+read&source=bl&ots=5SF1i38kdp&sig=ill1eazrrHfmf0jjnu1fO_16HMA&hl=en&ei=5sruTb_8L46ftweN1oyXCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=chris%20washburn%20couldn't%20read&f=false

  • mikecussmeout Aug 9, 2011

    Ex-Professor Criticizes N.C. State
    BY BARRY JACOBS, SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES
    A controversy started by the jacket cover of a forthcoming book charging wrongdoing within the North Carolina State basketball program intensified yesterday when a retired professor at the school said that grades had been changed to maintain the eligibility of Chris Washburn, one of the school's former star players. The professor also said he had informed Bruce R. Poulton, chancellor of the university, of the grade changes, and was told "not to worry about it. " Richard A. Lauffer, recently retired after seven years as chairman of the North...
    January 12, 1989

  • mikecussmeout Aug 9, 2011

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/88831/SHACKLEFORD-ADMITS-GETTING-MONEY-WHILE-AT-NC-STATE.html$65,000

  • mikecussmeout Aug 9, 2011

    http://www.nytimes.com/keyword/charles-shackleford

  • blrice Aug 9, 2011

    "NC State has been punished harshly thru the years by the NCAA for some very minor things."

    Once again, that is incorrect. NC State has been punished for some major things - check the link provided earlier. Why continue to insist otherwise?

  • RDM Aug 9, 2011

    NC State has been punished harshly thru the years by the NCAA for some very minor things. But rules are rules. You break or bend them and you must pay the price. I pray that State is doing things by the book today. If not they will surely pay the price.

    I only want others to be punished for their sins equally....especially the perfect ones that would never do any wrong.

  • RDM Aug 9, 2011

    NC State Violations:
    one case back in the 50s was attributed to Coach Case giving a committed recruit (already accepted a scholly offer to NCSU) somewhere in the range of $80 for a train ticket to come for a visit to campus. The kid was not allowed to attend NCSU after this was discovered. How does that compare to the current scandals we are reading about?

    Another 'major' violation occurred in 72 when one of our assistant coaches was seen playing a game of pick-up bb in Shelby's high school where David Thompson was a student. The violation resulted in our entire athletic department, all sports, being placed on a one year probation. The 73 men's bb team went 23-0 iirc.

    We were guilty of some serious stuff too. During the 50s, there was a big points shaving scandal that was found at many schools, including UNC-CHeaters and NCSU. We were rightfully punished for that, even though it was a rogue player, maybe several, and the leadership was unaware of the actions.

    The V era was the most recent and is almost a quarter of a century old. Mistakes were made, policies were not in place, it was not a flattering image of our athletic program at the time. We have paid dearly for it and have been very diligent since in monitoring the athletics program. Players sold shoes/tickets.
    Source:gpack86

  • kornfan2448 Aug 9, 2011

    Ryan Harrow and now Torian Graham....not sure State fans should be talking about transfers and commitments. Even after those that transferred from Carolina, they were still able to make it to the Elite 8.

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