N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe said he had an inkling all along that J.J. Hickson would be drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland was the first NBA team to schedule a workout with Hickson, a 6-9 freshman forward who led the Pack in scoring and rebounding last year. Lowe, a former NBA head coach and assistant, went along with his player.
"I kind of thought that's who it would be after that workout," Lowe said today. "They were very thorough and J.J. did very well. I was able to talk with some of their people personally rather than do it on the phone.
"It's a great organization, a very solid organization. After being there, and from what I was hearing as things went along, I thought they might take him."
The Cavaliers did, taking Hickson with the 19th overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft. Hickson joins a team that was 45-37, that lost to the eventual champion Boston Celtics in seven games in the playoffs. A team with LeBron James.
"What a great opportunity for J.J., to play with arguably the best player in the world," Lowe said. "I really think it will be a great fit for J.J., to be able to come in and have players such as LeBron around him and help him."