Rising junior center will transfer following completion of spring semester
Head Coach Brian Gregory knows rebuilding is a process and looks for the players to help lead the way.
Yellow Jackets (11-19, 4-12 ACC) and Hurricanes (18-11, 9-7) tip at 9 p.m. Thursday at Philips Arena
Hicks a Management major, Jordan a grad student in Building Construction
Yellow Jackets (10-18, 3-11 ACC) and Demon Deacons (13-16, 4-11) tip at 12 noon Saturday at Philips Arena
Progressing post player who played in 47 games in his two-year career at Tech, then decided to transfer following his sophomore season ... Solid contributor off the bench who understood how to post up and contest shots without fouling ... Tall and slender, but with good athletic ability as evidenced by his success in track and field in high school ... Originally signed with Tulane in the fall of 2009, but was granted a release from his letter-of-intent after a head coaching change and signed a grant-in-aid with Tech in the summer of 2010.
2011-12 - Game-by-Game Statistics
Named to the Academic All-ACC basketball team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll... Long, slender post player who spelled Daniel Miller at the 5, sometimes played the 4. Missed 6 games late in the season recovering from mono... Played 9 solid minutes vs. Miami (3 rebs, 2 blocks)... Scored 4 pts at Maryland (2-3 FG), season-high 7 rebs and a blocked shot in a season-high 15 minutes... Scored just 5 pts in his last 11 games, but has blocked 5 shots... Played 15 minutes against Alabama and averaged 7.7 minutes for the year off the bench (6.8 in ACC games)... Went 2-for-2 at Fordham for 4 pts, also scored 4 at Savannah State... Solid opener vs. FAMU with 5 pts (2-3 FG), 7 reb, 2 blocks in 13 minutes.
2010-11 - Game-by-Game Statistics
Key reserve in the post who played significant minutes ... Hit 56.7 pct. of his FG, 8-of-18 in ACC games ... Missed three games after having his appendix removed on Jan. 27, but returned to play 8 minutes and score a basket against FSU ... Played 1 minute against Virginia Tech on Jan. 25 after breaking his nose in practice the day before ... After getting fitted for a mask on Jan. 26, suffered a bout of appendicitis and had to have the appendix removed ... Played in 12 of the 13 ACC games for which he was healthy, averaging 10.5 minutes a game ... Scored 4 points, grabbed a career-high 7 rebounds and blocked 2 shots against Wake Forest (Jan. 19) ... Made an early entrance into the Clemson game when both starting bigs went to the bench with foul trouble, wound up playing a career-best 22 minutes (4 pts, 4 reb, 2-3 FG) ... Solid 11 minutes against North Carolina (3 reb) ... 2nd on the team in blocked shots despite his limited minutes ... Played the best of Tech's post players at Northwestern, setting career bests for points (5) and rebounds (5) in 14 minutes ... Grabbed 3 offensive rebounds and blocked 2 shots.
Three-year starter at center at J.R. Arnold High School in Panama City Beach for coach James Baxley ... Holds the school's career scoring record (1,299 points), and led the team in rebounds all three years ... Three-star prospect by Scout.com ... Third-team all-state choice as a senior after averaging 21.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.4 blocks per game as Arnold went 18-9 ... Shot 75.5 percent from the floor, posted 17 double doubles and three triple doubles (points, rebounds, blocks) ... As a junior, averaged 14.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game ... Participated in the high jump on his track team as a senior, as well as the 100, 200 and 400 meters ... Set a school record of 6-foot-7 in the high jump, and posted best times in the 100 (11.52 seconds) and 200 (23.04) meters ... Won a district championship in the high jump ... Also lettered in tennis and baseball (pitcher/first base).
Full name is Nathaniel Roberts Hicks, goes by "Nate" ... Born November 15, 1991 in Panama City Beach ... Son of Glen and Ellen Hicks ... A great grandfather of Nate's, John Highberger, played for the NFL's Frankford Yellow Jackets in the 1920s and won two gold gloves as a boxer ... Began playing basketball at age 5 ... Plans to major in Management.
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