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The Cats to face Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball tomorrow

If you watched any of the KHSAA Sweet 16 last year, you might recognize the face bringing the ball up for LSU tomorrow. It’s Anthony Hickey, one of the latest great things to come out of Western Kentucky.

Hickey led Christian County to the 2011 state championship last season and was named Mr. Basketball in Kentucky. He averaged 22.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.5 steals, and 4.8 assists in the four Sweet 16 games in Rupp. He’s also the guy who got the assist on Christian County’s buzzer-beater in double overtime to beat Rowan County for the championship. That was a hell of a game, by the way.

Now, Anthony Hickey is averaging 10 points and four assists as the starting point guard for LSU. He chose the Tigers over Western Kentucky, Mississippi State, and South Carolina back in May.

Hickey grew up dreaming of playing for the Wildcats, but Coach Cal and the staff never recruited him.

That means he’ll score at least 20 tomorrow. 30-40 friends and family member from Kentucky will be there in purple and gold to see it too.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

46 Comments for The Cats to face Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball tomorrow



  1. MammaKin
    10:48 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Soooo he’ll have one great game…and why didn’t we recruit him. BECAUSED he’d ride the bench for 4 years behind NBA talent.
    None-story



  2. VOTE
    10:54 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    http://www.zagsblog.com/2012/01/24/vote-for-the-national-player-of-the-year/

    Keep voting, BBN! Apparently Kansas fans are getting in on the action. Robinson is quickly rising on the list.



  3. UK Wildcat
    10:55 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    We’ll hear about this allllllll game from the announcers.



  4. Al B. Sure
    10:57 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe Cal should hold one scholarship each year for Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball. Even if he rides the bench, that’s the same as other scholarship players are doing. He only plays 6-7 guys anyway.



  5. Meteorunner
    10:59 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I really wish we would recruit the Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball every year. Most of these kids dream are to play for UK and we should at least let him join the team. Of course it might mean that seat on the bench for 2-3 years, but if its their dream they shouldn’t care. Just look at Darius Miller, a very valueable four year player. I could see Anthony Hickey, being a great four year player and he could have even backed up Teague this year.



  6. Caytstrodamus
    11:02 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Though the king had never seen the Great art of Hickey himself, he knew in his heart of hearts his guard in Teague was down, and so he hid it from the others.
    Caytsrodamus -quatrain IV



  7. catfaninrockytop
    11:05 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    @#5 – Two words is all I need to sum up why UK doesn’t. Josh Carrier.



  8. over the hills and far away
    11:07 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    # 7 You got that right !



  9. Aaron Bunch
    11:07 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I kind of agree that we should purse Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball, but anything that detracts from simply pursuing the very best talent out there is just a distraction. Sure some school pursue their in state heroes, but those states aren’t KENTUCKY. Coach Cal knows what he’s doing with the best recruiting class possible three straight years at the best school in the nation. I hope he keeps it up with his “players first” mentality and titles ARE coming my friends. Would it be nice to have a kid like this? Yeah sure, but if you want to play for the best school in the nation – UK – ya gotta step it up.



  10. jjjjjjjjjj
    11:10 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    McD all-americans don’t stay four years. They are gone either to the pros or transfer after two years. You need four-year guys on the team too. Mr. Basketball every year would be a good way to go with that.



  11. GoCats2
    11:11 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    The Kentucky kids may dream of playing for UK but they really dream of JUST PLAYING. They might love Kentucky but they would rather play than ride the bench.
    Remember we all worship Feldhaus, Pelphrey, and Farmer but they would not have had hardly any playing time if we had not have gone on probation.



  12. cracka
    11:13 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    i’d rather have this guy on the bench than brian long and sam malone



  13. cracka
    11:14 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    would have also rather had a scholly open for a jarnell stokes type of situation



  14. okcat
    11:14 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    @ 7 two more Brandon Stockton



  15. garfunkleo
    11:15 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    i hope he scores 50 against us, but we get the win. you still have to recruit the best talent in your state every year, he should be on our team right now.



  16. ukelder
    11:16 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    you guys are rough, he really could have played and been a four year player, could be a great back up point in years 3 & 4. anyone else notice the last couple years we dont have a back up point gaurd?



  17. Seriously?
    11:17 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    All this talk of Hickey riding the pine at UK is silly. The guy can play. He’s not Josh Carrier, and he’s not Jon Hood. He’s second on LSU in minutes, third in points, and leads the Tigers in assists and steals (oh, and he averages almost 4 rebounds a game, too). Hickey is in the top 25 in steals per game in the entire country. Not saying he’d start this year for the Cats, but he would play.



  18. 17-
    11:20 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    17 – Glad someone else has watched Hickey play. The ignorance of some of our fans is frightening. Just because Brandon Stockton, Josh Carrier, and Jon Hood all won Ky Mr Basketball and didn’t pan out does not mean that this kid won’t. It’s clear based on his stats alone that he can play. He’s one of the better on-ball defenders I’ve seen all year.



  19. ukelder
    11:23 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    dont give up on hood just yet, in a couple years he will be a 5th year senior under cal and will help us hang #9



  20. okcat
    11:32 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    2000 Scott Hundley Scott County Vanderbilt
    2001 Josh Carrier Bowling Green Kentucky
    2002 Brandon Stockton Glasgow Kentucky Louisville Gamblers/Estill Express (Kentucky Basketball Developmental League, 2007)
    2003 Ross Neltner Ft. Thomas Highlands LSU
    Vanderbilt
    2004 Chris Lofton Mason County Tennessee Caja Laboral (Spain)
    2005 Domonic Tilford Jeffersontown Cincinnati
    South Alabama
    2006 Walt Allen South Laurel Presbyterian College
    Asbury
    2007 Steffphon Pettigrew[11] Elizabethtown Western Kentucky
    2008 Darius Miller Mason County Kentucky
    2009 Jon Hood Madisonville-North Hopkins Kentucky
    2010 Elisha Justice Shelby Valley Louisville
    2011 Anthony Hickey
    out of the last 11 uk should of only recruited 3



  21. best1978
    11:39 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Under the theses that we should recruit the Kentucky Mr. Basketball every year, that could result in 4 scholorship players riding the bench every year. What about recruiting “the best of the best” is a bad thing? To 17 and 18 I will say that I am sure Cal and his staff watched him. That is good enough for me.



  22. Meteorunner
    11:49 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not saying every year. I’m just saying at least recruit him if he is a quality four year player that has talent. Chris Lofton was a prime example. I think in four years Anthony Hickey, will be a All-SEC player.



  23. Tomas
    11:52 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    You people realize that Cal can’t get every kid every year. Recruiting the Mr. Basketball is crap shoot at best. In the last 10 years only three have been any good. I will take the way Cal does it. He seems to know what he is doing.



  24. delk4three00
    11:55 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Hickey would play on this team. If think otherwise, you have not seen him play. Should he have been recruited? I dont know. But he would play on this team.



  25. MammaKin
    11:56 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    17 – so Hicky is a good player on a CRAP team which means high stats…..he’d be 1.9 min game and .8 pts a game……Next to the NBA talent on Cal’s teams…we are not saying he sucks we are saying in comparison to NBA TALENT…he sucks. Big Difference….



  26. MammaKin
    11:59 am January 27, 2012 Permalink

    An if you play one game sure he’ll have a big game but play a 7 game series and he is a avg at best..



  27. MammaKin
    12:00 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    UK 98
    LSU 56



  28. FYI
    12:13 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    this kid was good enough to log minutes at UK… he will eat Teague’s lunch tomorrow.. he’s too quick for Teague, remember where you read this. I have seen the kid play unlike half you posters that haven’t.



  29. experienced
    12:26 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    20- Scott Hundley coaches Woodford County High School now in Central Kentucky. Done a lot for the school. Including coaching up a D-1 prospect in his first two years.



  30. BigBlueAces
    12:28 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    17, 18, 24, 28….Agreed. The kid is a baller with heart. Sometimes grit can prevail over prima donna. I’m not saying he should play FOR the Cats, but he definitely COULD play at UK.



  31. Burly
    12:29 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Kid is better than Teague right now…point blank. Guarantee Cal would make the trade if he could.



  32. UK
    12:31 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    played against this kid in high school and he is incredibly quick…however, had he not completely dominated the state tournament behanan would have been mr. basketball…not to take anything away from hickey because he is a great player…just no one expected him to be mr basketball



  33. Dandy Andy
    12:31 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    28. Impoosible surley Teague will eat his lunch before 4 o clock. Seiourly no way Hickey is better than any of our top 6



  34. Dandy Andy
    12:32 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously*



  35. Dandy Andy
    12:32 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    oh yeah and Impossible*



  36. 20-20
    12:49 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    You would have thought Pitino could’ve gotten him?
    Tard fans will even be watching to see what kind of game he has.



  37. THE P
    12:53 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    he would have played! i would love to have him instead of beckham or polson. put this kid on the team and we are 8 deep and he could have been a great backup pg! wait till his junior yr, this kid will be all-sec!!



  38. Drew Franklin's Beard
    1:05 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    The kid is great at basketball, i watched him in the state championship games. it would have been great to recruit him and have him on the team, but i dont care how good you are, being 5’11 in Division 1 basketball puts you at a huge disadvantage. That’d be my best guess as to why Cal didnt want him. Ryan Harrow is unreal so thats irrelevant



  39. rambo
    1:17 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    There was a time in a galaxy far far away…. Kentucky was actually made up of Kentucky players from the state, and obviously did pretty damn good for themselves too!



  40. okcat
    1:25 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    and in that galaxy far away mlb baseball players were all american. i don’t care where they come form as long as they can play. do you want to win? if so you get the best like cal has done!



  41. 40-
    1:59 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Why are you yelling?



  42. rambo
    3:09 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Actually, that is a good point,

    What if we had a point guard from Russia, shooting guard from Germany, small forward from Greece, Power forward from Hungary, and center from Canada,

    would it still be the same as:

    point guard from Fayette County, shooting guard from Pike County, small forward from Mason County, Power Forward from Clark County, and Center from Madison County.

    Hmmmm! discuss!



  43. okcat
    6:56 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I want the best players cal can find on the team and don’t care where they come from. If that’s Kentucky kids great. New york, russia kentucky it’s all the same to me



  44. Vandalia
    9:15 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I agree #12. There should always be a spot for Mr. Kentucky if they want it. Our bench always been short under Cal. Players that grew up in the tradition can bring that passion to the rest of the team. Talent and passion is hard to beat. Cal has restored Kentucky, but this issue arises every year.



  45. Lou eaton
    9:44 am January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Strange but I don’t recall hearing anything about Ryan Harrow lately. Wonder how he is doing in practice against Teague??????



  46. buzzard
    11:34 am January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Brandon Stockton was turriable, point blank period. As Tubby once said, “we’ve got scholarship players who can’t even get the ball past mid court.”