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Eric Hicks
Eric Hicks

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Greensboro, N.C.

High School:
Dudley

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 245

Position:
F

Birthdate:
11/27/1983

Experience:
3L


Eric Hicks responded well to the challenge of stepping up the level of his play in 2005-06 and is the emotional leader of the Bearcats. The senior, a natural leader who serves as co-captain, was a factor on both ends of the court, leading the team in rebounding and blocked shots and is second in scoring.

2005-06 SEASON:
• Named first team All-BIG EAST.
• BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year candidate who was on the preseason watch list for the Naismith Award.
• Named to NABC first team All-District 10.
• Team's leader in rebounding (9.3) and blocks (3.4) and is second in scoring (14.2).
• Ranked No. 5 nationally in blocks and No. 27 in rebounding in the most recent NCAA stats.
• Averaging a double-double (14.9 points, 10.0 rebounds) over his last 20 games.
• Has blocked at least one shot in 59 of his last 62 games.
• Ranks third at UC in career blocks (244) while his 101 blocks this season is the second-highest single season total, seven shy of the UC record.
• Tied for No. 26 at UC in career scoring with 1,146 points.
• Has 24 career double-doubles, 11 this season, including a triple-double.
• Celebrated Senior Day with 18 points and eight rebounds in the win over No. 16 West Virginia (3/4/06).
• Amassed 14 points and 12 rebounds despite playing with a concussion in the second half in the win over Louisville (2/6/06).
• Scored 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting with seven dunks, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots vs. No. 11 West Virginia (2/4/06).
• Had 15 points and tied a career high with 17 rebounds at Louisville (1/25/06).
• BIG EAST Co-Player of the Week (Jan. 1-8) after averaging 21.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and shooting .600 from the field in wins over DePaul (1/4/06) and Marquette (1/7/06).
• Became the fifth UC player to record a triple-double when he posted 22 points, 12 rebounds and a school record-tying 10 blocks vs. Marquette (1/7/06).
• Earned BIG EAST Honor Roll recognition after averaging 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in wins over Miami (Ohio) and North Carolina A&T.
• Scored a career-high 24 points, on 11-of-14 shooting, vs. North Carolina A&T, also recording 10 rebounds seven blocks.

SUMMER 2005:
• Played on the Gold Medal-winning U.S. team at the World University Games in Turkey, averaging 7.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in five games, and scored a tournament-high 24 points vs. China.

2004-05 SEASON:
• Third team All-Conference USA selection, and second team NABC All-District 10.
• Team's leading rebounder (9.0) and second in scoring (13.7) and blocks (2.3).
• Closed the season with double-doubles in three of his last five games, upping his totals to 10 for the season and 13 for his career.
• Ranked fourth in C-USA in rebounding and third in blocked shots.
• Recorded a block in all but one game.
• His 72 blocks is the fifth-highest single season total recorded at UC and his 143 career blocks ranks fifth on Bearcat career list.
• Scored in double figures 22 times, including 14 of his last 16 games.
• Keyed the win over Memphis (3/5/05) with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
• Scored a career-high 22 points vs. DePaul (2/12/05), making 10-of-11 shots from the field to record the third-best single game field goal percentage in UC history.
• Had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead UC's win over Xavier (2/10/05).
• Tallied 21 points vs. No. 9 Louisville (2/2/05), going 9-of-10 from the field with three dunks, and recorded eight rebounds and five blocks.
• Credited with the defensive efforts which held USF's Terrence Leather, C-USA's No. 3 scorer, scoreless (1/27/05) and limited DePaul's Quemont Greer, who entered the game as the league scoring leader, to 10 points under his average (1/6/05).
• Recorded a career-high 17 rebounds and had 21 points, then a personal best, in the win over Miami (Ohio) (12/27/04).

2003-04 SEASON:
• Team's second-leading rebounder (5.8) and shot blocker (1.2) who had the squad's top field goal percentage (.590) playing as the top reserve to the front line.
• Tallied double digits 12 times off the bench.
• Scored 14 points, keyed by four dunks, and grabbed eight rebounds in the NCAA Tournament opening round win over East Tennessee State (3/19/04).
• Averaged 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament.
• Averaged 7.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in the Conference USA Tournament.
• Scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the C-USA championship game win over DePaul (3/13/04).
• Tallied 11 points in the win over No. 20 Memphis (3/6/04).
• Grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with 10 points and six blocks in the win over No. 10 Louisville (2/21/04), his third career double-double.
• Scored 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds, recorded a career-high eight blocks and tied a career high with three steals vs. Xavier (2/3/04).
• Scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. No. 21 Marquette (1/14/04).
• Scored 12 points vs. Middle Tennessee (12/20/03), going 4-of-5 from the field with three dunks.
• Recorded his first career double double (11 points, 10 rebounds) vs. Oakland (11/24/03).

2002-03 SEASON:
• Instinctive player who became a key reserve on the front line.
• Second on the team in blocks with 33, recording at least one block in 16 of his last 20 games. • Had six blocks vs. Southern Miss in the C-USA Tournament.
• Came off the bench for six points and seven rebounds in the Feb. 9 upset of No. 11 Oklahoma State.
• Had perhaps his breakout game as a freshman with 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the Jan. 2 win over Chattanooga, all career highs.

PRE-CINCINNATI CAREER:
Earned first team all-state honors and was the Piedmont 3A Player of the Year as a senior at Dudley High...averaged 30.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 6.7 blocks while leading his school to a 28-3 record and to the finals of the regional tournament...runner-up for state Player of the Year honors...set state season records for blocks (210) and topped the mark for career blocks (453)...shot .627 from the field and .640 at the foul line...posted seven triple doubles and had 28 20-plus point games--a state record--topping the 30-point mark 14 times and the 40-point mark on six occasions...rated as the No. 40 high school prospect by PrepStars, No. 44 by Blue Chip and No. 88 by ESPN.com...averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds as a junior.

PERSONAL:
Full name is Eric Cory Hicks...born Nov. 27,1983 in Greensboro, N.C....son of Darrel Lindsey and Eva Hicks...older brother Derrick Hicks played football at North Carolina A&T and sister Tonya Jones played basketball at Fordham...likes to fish in his spare time...would like to become a sports agent...social sciences major.