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Sophomore Isaiah Hicks played most of his first year in Chapel Hill out of position. Rather than setting up at power forward like he did throughout his dynamic high school career, Hicks played most of his freshman season on the wing.
Playing out of position, he appeared to be uncertain and hesitant, hiding his natural agility and athleticism.
For the 2014-15 season, Hicks will move back to the 4. Instead of a tentative Tar Heel, head coach Roy Williams expects to see a determined Hicks assert himself closer to the basket.
CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein recently tweeted, "Buy stock in UNC's Isaiah Hicks. Will make a MAJOR jump as a sophomore. Forced to play out of position last season. Put up #'s in Bahamas."
Speaking of Hicks' performance this summer in the Bahamas, Inside Carolina's Greg Barnes mentioned:
Hicks scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the first game and followed that performance up with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting 24 hours later. The Oxford, N.C. native pulled down five and seven rebounds, respectively, and was credited with three offensive rebounds in each contest.
While Hicks is likely to come off the bench to start the season, he will have the chance to make a big impact on this year's squad by being physical on the block.