Hickson Already Garnering National Attention

From Yahoo.com

No one in ACC history had scored 30 points in his first game as a freshman.

Not Michael Jordan. Not Ralph Sampson. Not Tyler Hansbrough. Not Kenny Anderson.

J.J. Hickson announced his arrival with authority. Hickson, a five-star power forward ranked the No. 10 player in the class of 2007 by Rivals.com, scored 31 points and made all 12 of his field-goal attempts in his debut as NC State crushed William & Mary 66-47.

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17 Responses to Hickson Already Garnering National Attention

  1. GoldenChain 11/21/2007 at 12:45 PM #

    Think about this: Hansbrough is easily frustrated as has been demonstrated on countless occasions) I imagine a strong physical player will do so all the more.
    I’ll glad we have a stud, hopefully the team chemistry will follow.

  2. packbackr04 11/21/2007 at 12:52 PM #

    hickson is a beast. the other players need to start stepping it up and help him out.

  3. Rick 11/21/2007 at 1:01 PM #

    I was watching basketball last night and Diockie V had a list of impact freshmen. JJ is third in scoring on that list. 8th in the country right now.

  4. ruffles31 11/21/2007 at 1:18 PM #

    from espn insider chad ford:


    This year’s freshman sleeper is North Carolina State’s J.J. Hickson. He didn’t get nearly the hype of many other freshman coming into the season, but he’s been spectacular in his first two games and already has one scout comparing him to Tyrus Thomas — in other words, he’s an unheralded, super-athletic freshman forward who could rise quickly up the charts. Currently we have him ranked No. 19, but given his size, athletic ability and talent, he could go much higher if he keeps playing at this pace.

  5. mroli 11/21/2007 at 1:59 PM #

    i wonder how long he will stay? It will be interesting to see how Sid handles it… I also wonder hopw he will handle the types of double/triple teaming he’s likely to receive during the year. The ACC schedule is going to be much tougher than the last 2 games.

  6. DRW 11/21/2007 at 2:08 PM #

    I think it may be foolish to give Hickson all the hype he’s been getting before he plays even one ACC game.

  7. JKL 11/21/2007 at 2:20 PM #

    I there any way we could talk him into staying… just 1 more year?!

  8. tvopack 11/21/2007 at 2:22 PM #

    ^^ I agree. What we need is consistency not just one record.

  9. packgrad93 11/21/2007 at 2:30 PM #

    one & done.

  10. ldr of pk 75 11/21/2007 at 2:58 PM #

    J.J. has the potential to be as good as anything we’ve had in recent history, but c’mon, all the hype over a hot shooting night against a team like W&M? If he was that much of a stud, he’d have shouldered the team in the UNO game and we’d be 2-0. He is going to be a tremendous player no doubt, and the team will also be good by years end I’d bet. The posts this week in critique of almost everything just 2 games into a season leave me laughing. Give the coach a break, cause he doesn’t care what anyone on this board thinks. He’s won a Championship on guts and teamwork and, I believe he’s coaching the same way. I dare say there won’t be a team in the Final Four that doesn’t have a blip on the record. And for most, even the very good teams, they’ll have a game or two that you can analyze and say what the f— were they thinking. I’m glad we have guys like J.J. that have brought the National press back, and some good pub for the Pack. Getting better doesn’t happen overnight, Dean didn’t do it in Chapel Hill, nor K in Durham. But, that’s what these Boards are for, so keep writing. It’s entertaining on a slow day before Thanksgiving.

  11. RabidWolf 11/21/2007 at 3:44 PM #

    GoldenChain Says:

    November 21st, 2007 at 12:45 pm
    Think about this: Hansbrough is easily frustrated as has been demonstrated on countless occasions) I imagine a strong physical player will do so all the more.
    I’ll glad we have a stud, hopefully the team chemistry will follow.

    I wonder if Hopsbrough will take a little slap shot at JJ?

  12. john of sparta 11/21/2007 at 6:19 PM #

    JJ will stay for the pay.
    NBA way.
    his first pro dribble will be
    more than i make in a lifetime.

  13. JeremyH 11/21/2007 at 6:57 PM #

    he’s one and done, no question.

  14. vtpackfan 11/21/2007 at 7:22 PM #

    NBA scouts must have been completey lost when they had to rent a car and drive East on 40 from RDU.

  15. RabidWolf 11/21/2007 at 8:06 PM #

    john of sparta….was that a Hickson haiku?

  16. NCSUownsJoo 11/22/2007 at 8:07 AM #


    Ohhhhh you must mean like 20+ points each game with close to 10+ rebounds per game that he’s played… I guess you’re looking for that kind of stat line…

    Oh…. wait… He’s already produced that each game and you’re still not givin the kid his props

  17. Trip 11/22/2007 at 4:26 PM #

    There’s not a post up for it yet, but so far against Rider we’re looking much better as a team. Although, we need to just stop shooting 3’s, we haven’t made one in so long and fells/gonzalez just bricked back to back on them.

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