September 24, 2013

Hickman recalls Lakeshow brotherhood

Kevin McCarthy

Jordan Hickman is one of those talents -- players with a comprehensive and versatile game alongside a higher ceiling down the road and he brings the bonus of a current 6-foot-7 frame. Sure, more weight and strength is needed but that's certainly an achievable goal unlike the maybe/maybe not iffy development of an all-around skills set. After an accomplished summer with the Lakeshow Pump N Run program, he's now set to make an impact on the Tri-County Athletic League with his St. Patrick-St. Vincent (SPSV) teammates.

photo of Jordon Hickman

Hickman was especially effective as were his Lakeshow brethren in achieving an overall 13-5 record in tournament action. In fact, the sense of togetherness of the 17s Black is something still foremost in his mind. “We started out playing as individuals and grew as a team. I have great memories of playing with these guys and I'm proud of the way we went out.”

Lakeshow Coach Brent Jameson also marveled at the band of brother closeness, saying “They played for one another and enjoyed being around each other on and off the court. They were coachable, unselfish, and disciplined.”

Asked for his best skills, Hickman said, “Shooting and defending. I've always liked playing defense.” He is positioned anywhere from the perimeter to the paint because of his defensive prowess and that should carry over to college.

He also noted this difference: “Coach Brent asked me to bring more leadership to the team and that's something I plan to carry over to St. Patrick-St. Vincent.”

Here's Jameson on Hickman: “Jordan is one of those kids whose positivity and enthusiasm is contagious. His teammates love playing with him. This summer he really stepped into a vocal leadership role, which was really important to our success. As a player, his versatility is his best asset. He shoots it well, is an excellent passer/playmaker, and can truly guard all five positions. He's also a young senior, just recently turning 17. Jordan currently has a handful of DII schools recruiting him including Chico State, Sonoma State, CSU East Bay, and San Francisco State. He made big strides over the summer, so I would not be surprised if that list grows.”

In the recruiting vein, the current No. 40 ranked Nor Cal Preps 2014 prospect said “In the summer, I went to Chico State in August and a couple of weeks ago it was Sonoma State.”

He is on target academically, having no concerns about qualifying.

As for St. Patrick-St. Vincent this coming season, Hickman offered “we should do pretty good. It was tough last year [14-14, 2-8] but in my freshman and sophomore seasons [26-9, 9-3 and 21-12, 8-4 respectively] we were close to the state tournament.” 6-foot-7 Jalen Canty, a Washington commit, returns to the Bruin frontcourt as does 6-foot-3 Jose Flores in the backcourt. Plus, 6-foot-9 2015 prospect Ryan Stewart is also back.

Hickman totaled a season high 27 points against Inderkum last season. Look for more of that plus a well-rounded bundle of contributions from him in 2013-14.