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Four-Star Point Guard Nolan Hickman Trending Toward Kentucky

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John Calipari’s coaching staff has responded to bad news by tearing up the recruiting trail.

In the last week the Wildcats lost two of their top 2021 targets, Paolo Banchero and Kennedy Chandler. In the last 24 hours Kentucky has made significant moves on three players. Friday evening Bryce Hopkins and Hunter Sallis picked up scholarship offers while another entered the Wildcats’ radar.

Three Rivals FutureCast picks have been submitted for Nolan Hickman to Kentucky, including one from Corey Evans that flipped from Kansas.

A new name to those that follow Kentucky basketball recruiting, Hickman is a 6-2 point guard from Mt. Pleasant, Utah. The rankings vary wildly; he’s the thirteenth-ranked point guard and No. 76 player overall according to Rivals, compared to 247 Sports who ranks Hickman as the third-best point guard and No. 30 player overall.

Hickman does not currently have an offer from the University of Kentucky. Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA and Washington are the big names that currently complete his offer sheet.

A crafty ball-handler, in his high school junior season Hickman averaged 17.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 38 percent from behind the three-point line. Enjoy some of his best work below.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

13 Comments for Four-Star Point Guard Nolan Hickman Trending Toward Kentucky

  1. BigBluSoTru
    11:54 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

    Only KSr can turn a turd into a golden egg. We lose out on two high level 5 stars in return we offer a former U of L recruit that we laughed at prior and now a low level 4 or high 3 star type player. But we tearing up the recruiting trail.

    • nocode96
      12:32 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

      You also complain when guys leave early to go to the NBA. Often citing that we need solid players that will stick around and grow. You can’t have your cake and eat it too, that’s not how any of this works.

    • VirginiaCat
      12:40 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

      Cal and his staff have responded to losing out on top picks by “tearing up the recruiting trail?’ Good Lord, those are some heavily tinted rose colored glasses that you’re wearing. It feels Tubby Smith-ish to me.

    • Facerocker86
      1:35 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

      I guess you forgot but some of our best players recently were four stars. Tyler Herro and SGA became go-to buys for the team. Then you have players like Skal, Wenyen, Jared Vanderbilt, and Quade who we’re supposed to be huge stars didn’t pan out. My point is it’s so much a crap shoot with recruiting you never know. And now with recruiting being as corrupt as it’s ever been and coaches openly cheating without repercussions, it’s going to be hard to ever get that top-5 guy again. We know Arizona, Kansas, UNC, LSU, Louisville, and Duke have all cheated recently and nothing has been done. So it’s not going to stop. These kids are making a 6-8 month stop at the college, all a lot of them are worried about (rightfully so) is that they get theirs while the universities make tons of money off of them. Until some of these coaches get taken down a notch, it’s going to be hard to get that number 1 player. At least we aren’t cheating.

  2. mashman 93
    11:57 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

    Nolan can handle the basketball which bodes well for string up other players and he got to the rim at will, but can he do that against Division 1 competition? We shall see. I always follow 24/7 so it just depends on who you trust. GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  3. BigBluSoTru
    12:07 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

    A friend turned me onto something prior to the ncaa scandal Cal was on a tear . You would hear players refer to WWW as uncle he was around the program. Well once that scandal came out and the eybl offices of Nike were raided WWW has big connections with this grass root program.He went silent and our talent pool of getting certain players completely dried up . Concide with Wes taking the knicks job and bringing along his buddy Kenny right out the gate Poncho gone. Now look at what we are recruiting. Cal scrambling to get a new connection in recruiting Lucas kid hmmm. Just watch how recruiting plays out going forward.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      2:17 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

      I noticed this too, but without all the details. Thought it was probably more than coincidence. But…. he’s struggling now and the Duke’s of the world aren’t, so maybe he’s playing by the rules and they aren’t. Which do you want? Play by the rules, or risk getting caught?

    • Cokely53
      2:40 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

      The Dukes of the world? There’s only one duke and they’re the only team doing better than us. You guys act like we’re not even in the top 25 of recruiting anymore. We’re #2.

    • runningunnin.454
      3:00 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

      The last Dook signee released a video featuring the lyric, “To be honest, I don’t care about your opinion, where’s the check, for real though.
      Hiding in plain sight.

  4. Headhurts
    12:40 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

    Being in the top 2 recruiting class every year is hard to sustain guys, sometimes you might be 3 or 4 but trust in Cal, he’s got this.

    • VirginiaCat
      12:50 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

      Cal has been a college coach for 23 years and has brought in several top recruiting classes, but only one national championship and no FF’s since 2015. My point is that highly regarded recruiting classes are mostly for show unless you can do something with the talent.

  5. Bluebloodtoo
    2:20 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

    The kid certainly has potential. 38% from 3 ain’t gonna get it done, but i like the skills he does have.

  6. Papaw
    3:21 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

    Remember Tyler Herro was a 4*. I’ll take those 4*s all day long