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.