6-10 forward will have two years of eligibility
FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU men’s basketball head coach Andy Enfield announced on Monday that 6-foot-10 Georgia Tech transfer Nate Hicks (Panama City Beach, Fla./J.R. Arnold HS/Georgia Tech) has signed a grant-in aid to join the Eagles next season.
Hicks will have two years of eligibility with the Green and Blue after he sits out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA four-year transfer rules. The Panama City Beach, Fla. product played in 47 games over two seasons at the ACC program.
“We are really excited to have Nate join our basketball program,” said Enfield. “At 6'10, he has the ability to be an outside and inside post player because of his excellent skill and basketball IQ. With a year to develop, I think Nate has a chance to make a great impact on our team and help take our program to where we want to go.”
A 2011-12 Academic All-ACC basketball team selection, Hicks averaged 1.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 55 percent from the floor with 28 blocks during his time with the Ramblin Wreck. Playing over 20 minutes just once, Hicks had a career-high seven rebounds on three different occasions against Wake Forest, Florida A&M and at Maryland. He also had a block in 20 of 47 games, including eight of the multi-block variety. The sixth Florida product currently on the Eagles’ roster, Hicks finished his high school career as J.R. Arnold’s career leader with 1,299 points while leading the team in rebounding in each of his three seasons. Hicks posted averages of 21.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.4 blocks as a senior en route to being named to the All-State third team.
Hicks joins an FGCU team that returns 85 percent of its scoring, 84 percent of its rebounding and 92 percent of its assists from the 2011-12 squad that won a program Division I record 15 games and advanced to the Atlantic Sun Tournament championship game in its first year of postseason eligibility.
Along with Hicks, the Eagles add early signee DaJuan Graf (Charlotte, N.C./Phillip O. Berry Academy) who recently started at point guard for the West Team in the Jordan Brand Classic regional game, and 6-foot-9 Iowa State transfer Eric McKnight (Raleigh, N.C./Princeton Day Academy/Iowa State), who is eligible to play this season after sitting out 2011-12.