Isaiah Hicks of state 3A champion J.F. Webb is the 2012-13 Gatorade North Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior power forward led the Warriors to a 27-5 record and the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state championship. Hicks averaged 22.9 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.6 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists per game.
A McDonald’s High School All-American Game selection, he shot 58 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range and 66 percent from the free throw line.
Hicks had 34 points, a tournament-record 30 rebounds and seven blocks in a 73-70, title-clinching overtime victory against Statesville.
“Coaching against him is a nightmare,” said Wilton Baskett, head coach of rival Northern Vance High. “He’s 6-foot-9, but moves as gracefully as a point guard. A lot of times bigs are more stationary, but he’s shooting 3’s, getting assists, making mid-range jumpers and dunking off the rim without bringing it down. He’s phenomenal. I was just telling people, ‘Graduation is June 8, and June 9 will be one of the happiest days of my career, because Isaiah will be gone, and now we’ll have a chance.’”
Hicks has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of North Carolina this fall.
Hicks joins recent Gatorade North Carolina Boys Basketball Players of the Year Rodney Purvis (2011-12, Upper Room Christian Academy), Marshall Plumlee (2010-11, Christ School), Reggie Bullock (2009-10, Kinston), Ryan Kelly (2008-09, Ravenscroft School), and Ty Walker (2007-08 & 2006 – 07, New Hanover High School), among the state’s list of former award winners.