N.C. State’s basketball team needs immediate frontcourt help and it got some on Friday when class of 2016 forward Darius Hicks picked the Wolfpack over Cincinnati.
Hicks, a raw three-star prospect from Mississippi, will either complement forwards Abdul-Malik Abu and BeeJay Anya for Mark Gottfried’s team in 2016-17 or help replace them.
Both Abu and Anya, two of the three scholarship forwards on the roster, have entered the NBA draft. Neither has hired an agent which leaves open the possibility they could return by the May 25 deadline.
With or without Abu and Anya, the Wolfpack needed more bodies in the frontcourt, especially with the possibility of senior forward Lennard Freeman using the season as a medical redshirt.
Hicks, 6-7 and 210 pounds, played last season at 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, S.C. but is from Quitman, Miss., where he made his announcement on Friday night.
247Sports.com ranks Hicks, who had originally committed to Mississippi State in the fall, as a top 200 prospect.
N.C. State is still in pursuit of Turkish big man Omer Yurtseven, a top 25 prospect, and forward Antwan Walker from Washington, both in the class of 2016.
Hicks joins point guard Dennis Smith in N.C. State’s freshman class. Charlotte transfer Torin Dorn, a combo guard, is also eligible after sitting out last season.