Wednesday, March 19, 2008


In what will be the first of many announcements, NC State center/forward J.J. Hickson is going to enter the NBA Draft:

"He'll test the waters," [NC State head coach Sidney] Lowe said. "He'll get all the information he can and decide what's the best thing. It may depend on where he's going in the draft."

Hickson, a 6-9 power forward, led N.C. State in scoring (14.8 points per game) and rebounding (8.5) this season. An All-ACC freshman team selection, Hickson said after N.C. State's ACC Tournament loss to Miami on Thursday that he would sit down and talk with his family and Lowe and make a decision about his future.

Hickson, if he doesn't sign with an agent, has until June 16th to take his name out of the draft and come back to State. He said that he's willing to do so if he's isn't drafted where he wants to be. Right now, he's projected to be the 30th pick according to

J.J. Hickson #1 of the North Carolina Wolfpack. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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