NBA Draft provided added suspense for Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson

by Aaron Lopez
Nuggets.com

Going into the 2008 NBA Draft, J.J. Hickson was projected to be selected anywhere from 10th to 20th.

As the picks reached the mid-teens, he was ready for the suspense to be over.

“Around pick 15 or 16, I started getting anxious,” the Denver Nuggets forward said. “Like ‘Come on, come on, come on. Say J.J. Hickson.’ I was ready to get drafted.”

Hickson was able to celebrate when the Cleveland Cavaliers took him with the 19th pick.

“That’s one of the best feelings in the world, getting your name called and knowing that all your hard work paid off,” Hickson said. “At the same time, you go from being wanted to starting back at the bottom and working your way back up.”

Hickson, attending a draft reception in Atlanta, immediately hugged his grandmother Marie Myers, who raised him from the time he was 7 or 8 years old.

“She was crying,” he said. “A couple other family members cried, but I was just happy.”