Draft Reaction: J.J. Hickson


Posted Jun 27, 2008


NC State freshman J.J. Hickson spoke briefly with the media after being selected by Cleveland with the No. 19 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Here is a sample of what Hickson had to say.

What is your reaction after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers?
My reaction, I didn't really have one. I was lost for words when they announced my name to play in Cleveland. I just want to thank the Cleveland Cavaliers and their organization for accepting me with open arms.

What are your thoughts on playing with LeBron James?
It's going to be a good experience this year for me. It's going to be a good learning experience, and I'm going to be a sponge soaking up everything he tells me and the team in general. He's the best athlete in the league right now.

How much of an impact can you have in your rookie year?
It's up to me. I think I can make a major impact. It can be in practice or off the court... just motivating my teammates and being a positive influence.

What player in the league would you say you model your game after or play like?
I'd probably say K.G. or an Al Harrington-type player.

In watching your tape you seem to love to work on the low block. Has that always been a major part of your game?
I think that's been a major part of my game throughout my basketball career... knowing and developing how to score on the block. I'm going to continue to develop it and other parts of my game.

*****

NC State's J.J. Hickson is officially headed to the NBA, as the freshman was selected by Cleveland with the No. 19 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Hickson is projected to play power forward for the Cavaliers.

Hickson was a unanimous selection to the ACC All-Freshman team and honorable mention All ACC in his only season at NC State. He 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.

Cleveland is one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, headlined by superstar LeBron James. Hickson is expected to contribute right away for the Cavs.

Ironically, Hickson's first workout was with the Cavaliers.



Related Stories
Hickson Headed to Cleveland
 -by PackPride.com  Jun 26, 2008
Good Workouts Led to Hickson's Decision
 -by PackPride.com  Jun 16, 2008
OFFICIAL: Hickson to Remain in Draft
 -by PackPride.com  Jun 15, 2008

Get the Pack Pride Magazine!
This Month:

December
The 32-page, glossy magazine includes top-notch features, analysis and fantastic photos. (Online subscribers: upgrade today!)

Order Now!

Learn More About Pack Pride The Magazine!
Next Issue

January
MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook and a full year of Pack Pride Magazine with an Annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from PackPride.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
F J.J. Hickson (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Basketball > Wheeler HS > Alumni
[View My HotList]