N.C. State's J.J. Hickson has selected an agent. He has decided to keep his name in the NBA draft and not return for his sophomore season in college.
The only questions now are where he'll be picked in the draft, and by which team.
Hickson, a 6-foot-9 forward, said Monday that he would sign with Andy Miller of ASM Sports. Miller represents several NBA players, including Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics and former N.C. State center Cedric Simmons.
Hickson, 19, said that he did not reach a decision until the last week, saying he entered the draft soon after the ACC tournament in March with an open mind and the idea of “testing the waters.”
Hickson did not attend a predraft camp in Orlando, Fla., but said his individual workouts for nine NBA teams were productive and encouraging.
“I felt good enough about the workouts to keep my name in,” Hickson said Monday in a teleconference call. “I played hard in every one and I feel I had a good showing in all of them. I feel I was pretty consistent.”
Hickson said he has had workouts for Seattle, Portland, Denver, Sacramento, Phoenix, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Toronto. The feedback, he said, was all positive.
“They've told me I have good potential, a good mind-set, that I'm willing to learn and I'm very coachable,” he said. “They told me I have a great NBA body.”
Asked which team might be the best fit for him, Hickson said, “I feel like I'd fit in good wherever I go. I feel like I'm going to have a positive influence on a team.”
As for which team might have the most interest in him, Hickson was noncommittal, saying, “I'm not hearing anything.”
Hickson said Sunday, a day before the NBA deadline, that he would remain in the draft. That came a week after he told reporters after a workout in Phoenix that his intention was to stay in the draft.
Hickson was a unanimous choice for the ACC All-Freshman team. He led the Wolfpack in scoring (14.8 points per game), rebounding (8.5) and blocked shots (1.52), and also topped the ACC in field-goal percentage (.591).
Some mock drafts have Hickson being taken late in the first round. NBADraft.net has him slotted 26th. Another site, nba-draft.com, has him going 24th.
The hoopsreport.com mock draft has Hickson going early in the second round.
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