Former Ky Mr. Basketball to suit up for OK State

06/16/2014 01:30 PM

Anthony Hickey, 2011 Kentucky Mr. Basketball, will take his talents to Oklahoma State where he will be eligible to play immediately. Hickey played three seasons at LSU but was told after last season that there was not a spot for him on the team this upcoming year. Hickey enjoyed great success on the court but also landed himself in hot water with several missteps off the court. He was suspended multiple times, including missing a portion of his sophomore season for unspecified violations of athletic department and university policies.

Despite playing the 2013-2014 season, Hickey will be eligible to play this upcoming year under the NCAA’s run-off rule that gives a player the possibility of immediate eligibility instead of sitting out a season like most transfers. In order for that rule to take effect, the player must be in good academic standing and the school he is transferring from must provide a statement that verifies he was not invited to remain in the program.

“Anthony brings us great experience and a lot of versatility at the guard position,” Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford said in a statement. “He’s someone who has competed and played at the highest level in the SEC (Southeastern Conference). He could be a game-changer defensively with his quickness, and is one of the top steal guys in the country, so we really expect him to enhance our defense. He will bring great energy on the court, and is a fierce competitor.”

Anthony Hickey averaged 8.4 points and 3.7 assists as a junior last season. He will join an Oklahoma State team in dire need for some back court experience after losing both Marcus Smart and Markel Brown to the NBA Draft.

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or trey.eckerle@charter.com

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