By no means is Isaiah Hicks fully developed, but there are a lot of positives that come from this power forward.
Hicks is an explosive player that can impact both sides of the court with his leaping ability and quickness. He has a dominant first step, giving him the ability to blow by defenders when facing the basket. On the defensive end, he's blocking everything that comes his way.
In consecutive games this season, Hicks swatted 12 and 14 shots. Don't expect that kind of production at Chapel Hill, but those numbers are pretty impressive at any level.
Hicks brings a couple somewhat uncharacteristic traits to his position. He is a surprisingly skilled passer, with the ability to drop no-look dimes in heavy traffic. He's also a good enough dribbler to break out spin moves and lead fast breaks.
Hicks struggled with consistency on his jump shots early in his high school career, but he has improved since. He is even willing to step back and bury a three now. His stroke is sweet enough that he could eventually become a lethal stretch 4.
Hicks' weaknesses are two of the most typical for power forwards at the prep level.
He doesn't have much of a back-to-the-basket game yet. His go-to move in the post is the turnaround fade, a la James Michael McAdoo and Brice Johnson. As witnessed this season, that won't be enough to cut it at the next level.
It still baffles me that high school coaches neglect that aspect of the game, but that's for another day.
Another issue he will have to work out at Chapel Hill is his strength. At 210 pounds, he has about 20 pounds on Johnson, but looks every bit as lanky. His quickness will only get him so far, so you can fully expect Carolina's strength and conditioning coach to work him hard in the weight room and force feed him about eight meals a day.
This is a pretty solid group of recruits Roy Williams was able to pick up for 2013, and he still has a chance to land top recruit Andrew Wiggins. While I don't expect Britt, Meeks or Hicks to reach superstar status in their first seasons at Chapel Hill, the future of the program is still bright with this solid trio.