"After going through several workouts with NBA teams, J.J. received very positive feedback and feels this is a great opportunity for him to be drafted," said NC State head coach Sidney Lowe. "He had a great season with us last year, and he will always be a part of our Wolfpack family. We are very happy for him and his family."
Hickson was an unanimous selection to the ACC All-Freshman team and honorable mention All ACC in his only season at NC State. Hickson led the Pack in scoring (14.8 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg) and blocked shots (1.52 bpg). He also led the entire ACC in field goal percentage, hitting 59.1 percent of his shots.