Two schools have shown the most interest in Darius Hicks

Toughness and athleticism are the calling cards for Darius Hicks who continues to add interest on the recruiting trail.

Power forward Darius Hicks has been an integral piece to the 22 Ft. Academy roster this season. A rugged and athletic kid who will do the dirty work down low and compete on the glass, Hicks is now seeing an increase in his recruitment.

“The year has been going pretty good,” said Hicks of the season. “We have been playing against good teams, and I feel like we have been playing well and competing against some of the best teams in the country

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He continued, “I am working hard to improve my scoring ability. Also I am working on getting stronger and finishing through contact.”

On the recruiting trail the Mississippi native says two schools are recruiting him the hardest

“The schools talking to me the most have been Providence and Marquette,” said Hicks.

Providence has been involved with Hicks since the fall, and he has built a good relationship with the coaching staff.

“I have a really good relationship with Coach (Ed) Cooley and Coach (Jeff) Battle,” said Hicks. “They are great guys and Providence is a great team.”

Marquette has been a bit of a newer addition to his recruitment, and Hicks says things have really picked up recently.

“Coach (Chris) Carrawell recruited me this summer, and a few weeks ago I started talking to Coach Stan Johnson, and they have been talking to me a lot recently,” noted Hicks of Marquette.

With a busy schedule Hicks hasn’t had a chance to make any official visits yet, but he did note that will change in the near future.

“I am not exactly sure when I’m going to take my visits, but probably in March when our game schedule and their schedule can work out,” said Hicks.

Hicks should be making a decision after the season, and when he does, he knows what factors will be important.

“I am looking for somewhere that I can play right away and where I have a good relationship with the coaching staff,” said Hicks.

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Name to Know: 6’5″ Unsigned Senior Jordan Bowden of 22 Feet Academy

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6’5” Unsigned Senior Jordan Bowden of 22 Feet Academy
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He is athletic, he has great size, and he can shoot. This combination makes 6’5” Unsigned Senior Jordan Bowden a sought after, high major recruit.

It’s a good chance that prior to the Phenom National Showcase you had not heard of Jordan Bowden. However, he quickly announced himself with a breakout performance in a win over, then number 1 ranked, Oak Hill Academy. This game saw Bowden excel across the board with steals, dunks, and long range bombs.

Bowden has great size and length for his position. He stands 6’5” and carries a 6’8” wing span. During his final season at Carter High School (Strawberry Plains, Tennessee) he averaged 26.6 points, 9 boards, and 4.5 assists per game.

Bowden is a high wire act in transition, which helps with his shooting 55% on field goals this year. He has a good handle in the half court set, and does play outside of himself. He is currently averaging 2-1 assists-turnover.

Bowden’s calling card at the next level may be his feathery soft touch with deep range. So far, this season, he is averaging 40% from beyond the arc. Through eight (8) games this year, he is averaging just over 2.5 threes made per game.

Just last week, Bowden picked up his first Division 1 offer when Eastern Kentucky extended. He has since picked up an offer from Southern Miss as well. Since his showing at Phenom National Showcase, he has had the likes of South Carolina, Duquesne, Utah, LSU, etc…start to recruit him.

Last year, while still at Carter High School, Bowden visited Texas Pan Am and Tennessee Tech wanting an offer. Both schools passed on Bowden. It looks like, the move to 22 Feet Academy will work out just fine. The schools are coming to watch him, his performance is proving worthy, and the offers are starting to roll in.

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