Monday, March 19, 2012

Jordan Hickert (#25) Season Retrospective and Outlook for 2012-2013

Jordan Hickert
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images North America
Jordan Hickert came to the Eagles from Bunbury, Australia after having played for two years at Neosho County Community College in Kansas.  At 6’9” 225lbs, Jordan often found himself playing down low in the post with other big men, though his strength so far is more in his outside game.  Jordan’s ability to step outside and hit 3 point shots often forced defenders to cover him far from the basket which left lanes open for dribble penetration.

Hickert finished the season averaging 3.2 pts, 2.1 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 blocks, and 0.1 steals in just 12.2 minutes per contest.  Jordan plays with a lot of emotion and effort, which often got him into foul trouble as he averaged 2.5 fouls per game despite the relatively small amount of minutes played.  His tendency to shoot from long range, as stated above, puts defenses in a bind when he is on the court, but he will need to attack the paint more in the future if he hopes to develop into a strong post presence for the Eagles.  Hickert attempted only 9 free throws in the 2011-2012 season.

Coach Hayford told me that he expects big things from Jordan in his senior year, highlighting his ability to hit from long range as well as expected development in his post play..  As the teams most experienced returning big man, Hickert will need to step up to help fill the gaps left in the wake of Cliff Ederaine and Laron Griffin’s graduation.

If Jordan can improve his defensive fundamentals and offensive post play, he’ll get plenty of minutes next year to show off his scoring ability and could end up being one of the teams primary scoring options for the 2012-2013 campaign