Like many 2023 student-athletes, Brooklyn Hicks doesn’t know where he’ll attend college. But unlike most of his peers, he has plenty of early options.
Hicks, a 6-foot-3 guard from Timberline (WA), received his first Division I scholarship offer from Eastern Washington in April of 2020. Fast forward a few months later and Cal Poly has also offered with a lot of other programs following his progress as well.
Programs such as Pepperdine, Boise State, Oregon State, Idaho State, Pacific and Washington State have all expressed interest in the improving guard that came off of injury and averaged 27 points, five rebounds and five assist in his first tournament back. And once coaches from Cal Poly saw the film, an offer was made.
“It was definitely because they realized I was a Division I talent,” he said of his recent Cal Poly offer. “They were impressed with my explosive movement and how I can get to the rim. They were already highly recruiting me but they finally got to see me for once and see my game up-to-date and realized I was ready for the Division I basketball level.”
Improving on his explosive movement is an emphasis for Hicks moving forward as well as shooting. Those two things should help him become an even better player, teammate and prospect for coaches.
“I’m definitely getting my jump shot right,” he said. “I’m trying to get my three point percentage up in the 40’s and then just getting the mental side of the game back. Being mentally strong and never breaking down or anything.”
“Also my explosive movement. I’m definitely trying to get that bounce where people don’t want to jump with me at all and just becoming as athletic as possible.”
Post-injury for Hicks is all about the work and grinding to be an even better player than he was before. He knows he has a target on his back and that drives him to be the best he can be.
“For me, I definitely have a target on my back because kids that want to be in my spot are coming for me,” he explained. “But I’m just putting in the work and trying to get to the highest level possible that I can play at.”