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Eric Hicks
Full Name: Eric Cory Hicks
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 245
Birthdate: November 27, 1983 (Greensboro, N.C.)
High School: Dudley HS (Greensboro, N.C.)
College: Cincinnati
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Cincinnati
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2002-03 26 2 24 54 .444 16 34 .471 0 1 .000 93 5 2 33 64 2.50
2003-04 31 1 82 139 .590 54 102 .529 0 0 .000 179 13 21 38 218 7.00
2004-05 32 28 162 312 .519 110 188 .585 4 16 .250 287 24 15 72 438 13.7
2005-06 34 34 192 401 .479 114 173 .659 13 27 .481 329 29 19 113 511 15.0
Totals 123 65 460 906 .508 294 497 .592 17 44 .386 888 71 57 256 1231 10.0

Career Highlights: Finished second all-time at Cincinnati with 256 career blocks. Blocked at least one shot in 63 of last 66 games. Ranks No. 23 at UC in career scoring with 1,231 points. Posted 27 career double-doubles.

Senior (2005-06): All-Big East First Team and NABC All-District 10 First Team selection. Ranked No. 5 nationally in blocked shots (3.3 bpg) and No. 25 in rebounding (9.7 rpg) in final NCAA stats, leading the Bearcats in both categories. Also finished second on squad in scoring (15.0 ppg). Averaged a double-double (15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds) over final 24 games of season. Set a UC single-season record with 113 blocks, topping previous mark of 107 set by Kenyon Martin in 1999-00. Averaged 22.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in three NIT games. Scored 23 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds vs. Charlotte in NIT first round. Posted 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks vs. No. 11 West Virginia. Became fifth Bearcat to record a triple-double when he tallied 22 points, 12 rebounds and a school record-tying 10 blocks vs. Marquette.

Junior (2004-05): All-Conference USA Third Team selection, and second team NABC All-District 10. Led UC and finished fourth in C-USA in rebounding (9.0 rpg). Finished second on the team in scoring (13.7 ppg) and blocked shots (2.3 bpg, 3rd in C-USA). Scored in double figures 22 times, including 14 of last 16 games. Recorded 21 points and 17 rebounds vs. Miami (Ohio).

Sophomore (2003-04): UCís top reserve in the frontcourt. Led the team in field goal percentage (.590) and finished second in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg). Averaged 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in NCAA Tournament. Posted 10 points and nine rebounds in C-USA title game win over DePaul. Grabbed 14 rebounds to go with 10 points and six blocks in win over No. 10 Louisville. Scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. No. 21 Marquette.

Freshman (2002-03): Became key reserve for the Bearcats. Finished second on team in blocked shots with 33 and recorded six blocks vs. Southern Miss in C-USA Tournament.

Strengths: Quickness off the floor and physical strength allow him to play bigger than his listed height. Loves to mix it up inside and gives maximum effort.

Personal: Played on gold medal-winning U.S. World University Games Team in Turkey in summer 2005, averaging 7.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in five games.