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Eric Hicks - PF

 Eric Hicks Rank: 52
 Position: Power Forward
 School: Cincinnati
 Conference: Big East
 Height, Weight: 6'6, 245
ANALYSIS: If you play against Hicks, you better bring your hard hat. He is a relentless, yet undersized player who crashes the boards repeatedly for plenty of rebounds and putbacks. As a senior, he averaged 15 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game, especially amazing because he is so short. Hicks played his usual aggressive, effective game at the pre-draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, where he was named to the All-Portsmouth Second Team after averaging 16.7 points, 13 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Hicks has worked hard on developing an outside game. He can hit an occasional 15-footer and connected on 13-of-27 three-point attempts as a senior. His outside game must get better, because his baskets on the inside come more from hustle and muscle. Hicks does not possess a vast array of offensive moves, but he is especially effective on the offensive glass, averaging 4.4 offensive boards last season. Hicks shot 51-percent from the field his college career, but he must improve his free-throw shooting. As a senior, he shot 66 percent from the free-throw line, which was the best of his college career. Last season Hicks had 14 double-doubles. In college, his athleticism and aggressiveness helped him achieve, but in the NBA he will not be able to dominate on the boards the same way because of his lack of height. He will also have problems on defense against bigger power forwards and much quicker small forwards. But his productivity can not be ignored, and he could be drafted in the second round. His desire and work ethic will make it possible for him to make an NBA roster.

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