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Darryl Hicks Talks Kentucky

The state of Kentucky isn’t known for generating much high major basketball talent, but Darryl Hicks could break that trend this season. Hicks is a 6’2 shooting guard in the class of 2013 from Trinity who has garnered a lot of attention from both Kentucky and Louisville recently. Five Star Basketball interviewed Hicks, who said that he likes Kentucky’s open style of play under Coach Cal and the freedom that players are afforded in offensive sets. While Hicks says that he doesn’t have a top five yet, he admits to wanting to sign before his senior year so that he doesn’t have to worry about the decision. Tom Crean and Indiana were the first to offer Hicks. In addition, he has received attention from schools like Cincinnati, Dayton and Georgia Tech.

Hicks is ranked as a three star player by both Rivals and ESPN, but he has seen a gradual rise in his ranking this season, even breaking into Rivals’ top 150 at 144. He isn’t the type of recruit that John Calipari has looked to pull in during his time at UK, but Hicks would definitely be a four-year player from the state of Kentucky who could contribute to the team down the line. The only problem is the probable lack of scholarships. The class of 2013 is currently shaping up to be the best of all-time and there is uncertainty over who from 2012 will stay for a second season. If Hicks truly wants to make his decision before his senior year, it doesn’t seem like Kentucky would be the place he chooses.

Article written by Matthew Hays

25 Comments for Darryl Hicks Talks Kentucky

  1. Mark Wilson
    12:12 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    My cousin goes to trinity and told me this guy is really really good(not like john wall good) but like advertised “A four year player who will contribute down the line” TAG HIM!!!

  2. barn
    12:14 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    2013 class best of all time? again? does that mean UK basketball is relevant again?

  3. Jnich07
    12:15 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    this kid is a stud! I watched him play several times at Shelby Co. and when they went to the state championship a few years ago, he shot lights out at Rupp… This kid is definitely under ranked right now because he had to sit out a year due to the transfer to Trinity. If he would wait until later in the season to make a decision and get some quality minutes and stats at Trinity, I think he could play up to getting some attention from some other big schools… just my .2

  4. MathPolice
    12:18 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Jnich07 – Feels so strong about this kid, he offers his 20 cents.

  5. Chris
    12:18 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Speaking of Kentucky guys, why didn’t we go after Tamron Manning? This article mentions him, but more importantly, that we may no longer lead for Shabazz.

  6. krmcats
    12:21 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    I have seen him play & he is at least a 4 star if not a 5 star. Also he is closer to 6’4″ than 6’2″.
    He is almost too unselfish & just owrks hard to win games. I would love to see him @ UK.

  7. IU Sanctions
    12:35 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    4) Good call haha

  8. BBN
    12:45 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    I played with him in middle school. He would be a four year player at Kentucky. He’s a stud but he lacks elite athletism. He is a good player and hard worker. 6 is right he is closer to 6’4 then 6’2. Trinity will go far this year. BBN!

  9. Steve
    12:49 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    We need this kid. Keep Wiltjer and Teague around for another season (or 2), send Lamb, Jones, Vargas, Davis, MKG, Miller off… That’s 6 scholarships. We have 3 power player signees, why not snag a couple good talents who will stick around for a while to compliment future classes? I believe 1 and Done talent as well as great experience are BOTH needed to win championships.

  10. Jiminy Cricket
    12:50 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    What about this Ray Kasongo kid at East Ridge High School?

  11. bombtrack
    12:50 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    are you all crazy. Hicks is a great high school player. He can not play at UK. He would be a good player at Xavier, Cincinnati, those type of schools. He is ranked #2 behind Derrick Willis in the state. The kid at Moore High School is a better prospect than Hicks. Not dogging the kid, but I don’t think he could play at UK. He would be a great get if Billy Clyde was still here.

  12. ?????
    12:59 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    What about the Sills kid from Breckinridge County? He graduated in ’95, but still has eligibility. Word is he’s in training and looking to make a comeback.

  13. BBN
    12:59 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    11) He is a better fit at schools like Xavier, Cincinnati etc..he would be a solid player for them for four years. With the players we bring in i doubt there is any room for him at Kentucky

  14. jtb3
    1:22 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Shaping up to be one of the best classes ever in 2013? Did I miss some signings?

  15. Tomas
    1:26 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Went to school with him at Shelby Co. Great kid. But he is in the same boat as Derek Willis. Good kid, any other year we would be stoked to get him, but when you have top 10 talent coming in he just won’t fit.

  16. TaylorSwift
    1:29 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    There is an 8th grader at Eminence who can hit 4 free throws in a row

  17. UK#1
    1:50 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    I went to school and played basketball with him while he was at shelby county. while he might be a good player with far more than average athletism, he is not the over the top, hard worker everyone thinks. again, while he might be a “good” player so too was Donovan Johnson and AJ Slaughter, both from shelby county, and theres a reason neither of them played at UK. UK doesnt recruit “good” players they get committments from elite players. let a school like cinncy have him.

  18. WLKY
    1:51 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Honestly, I think Remy Abell is a better prospect right now, as well as Lyonell Gaines. Remy is more college ready with a Division 1 body. Don’t think this kid can take the beating throuhout the season that Remy or Lyonnel could take. His job at Kentucky wouldn’t be to score, he’d be a scrapy player like Miller. And playing at Cincinnati wouldn’t be good either, couldn’t handle the Big East. look at the big east guards. Good size.

  19. Some Guy
    2:17 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    I ate Chicken once with this him in middle school. Man he ate like 5 pieces, definitely a 5 star recruit.

  20. blade
    2:23 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    doesn’t Ex-Rex have a year or two left. maybe he would come back.

  21. Sack Boy
    2:37 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Can he kick a field goal?

  22. Taters
    3:51 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink


    Shabazz Muhammad, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Tony Parker or Anthony Bennett and Willie Cauley

    If things “shape out”, this class would make a very strong case.

  23. Taters
    3:52 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink


    Nevermind, you were referring to 2013.

  24. krmcats
    4:15 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Hicks is a much better overall player than the Lofton kid from Mason Co that we let get away to TN many years ago. He could play the 1,2 or 3 spot @ UK. I don’t know why some of these people think he has to be ordained a saint to play @ UK.

  25. Sheray thomas's vertical
    5:57 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Best class ever? Might want to wait until we sign bazz and bennett for thAt