Darryl Hicks still honing point guard skills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — At last year’s Kentucky Hoopfest, Darryl Hicks was talking about preparing himself to be better suited for the point guard position. Monday, he was still saying the same thing.

“I’ve been playing at the two,” the Class of 2013 recruit from Trinity High School in Louisville said. “I’ve just gotta get better at the one spot.”

In a year, though, he said he has been making progress. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, he has prototypical combo guard size, and often plays off the ball as he did Monday for his summer travel squad, The Ville. However, he said he mas made strides on the point guard basics.

“I think I got a lot better decision-making and ball-handling wise,” he said. “And getting my team involved a lot more.”
Indiana really wants to see him improve in those aspects, Hicks said. The Hoosiers have had a scholarship offer out to him for more than a year, he said, and

IU is clearly focused on adding a point guard in the 2013 class. Hicks said they’ve picked up there recruiting pitch since coaches were allowed to call juniors.

“They told me I’d be a big  help if I come up there,” Hicks said. “They also told me they have the No. 1 recruiting class coming in next year. Whatever they want me to play, I’d do.”

Hicks said he also has offers from Cincinnati and Florida International. Auburn, Georgia, Marquette, Tennessee and Wake Forest have shown interest.