UNC Men's Basketball Bio
4 Isaiah Hicks
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2016 ACC Sixth Man of the Year



Scored 651 points and has 333 rebounds in 112 games • Averaged 16.5 minutes per game over the last two seasons • Scored in double figures 26 times with a high of 21 at Boston College as a sophomore and 21 at Syracuse as a junior • UNC’s defensive player of the game 25 times, second-most in the last three years behind Marcus Paige • Has 149 offensive rebounds (45 percent, the highest percentage among active Tar Heels) • Field goal percentage of .568 is tied for 16th-highest in UNC history • One double-double (11 points, 15 rebounds vs. Notre Dame in 2016 ACC Tournament).


ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year as voted by both the media and coaches • Career-high 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game • Tied Brice Johnson for the team lead in field goal percentage at .614 • Free throw shooting improved from .579 as a freshman and .621 as a sophomore to .756 • One of only four Tar Heels ever to shoot 60 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line in a season (min. 100 field goals) • One of three ACC players to do that in the last 20 years – with Brice Johnson in 2016 and Duke’s Carlos Boozer in 2002 • Shot 56.2 percent from the floor in ACC regular-season action • Second on the team in free throws made (93) and free throw attempts (123) and third in offensive rebounds (79) and blocks (23) • Scored in double figures 19 times with a high of 21 at Syracuse on 1/9/16 • Tar Heels were 17-2 when he scored in double figures • Won UNC’s defensive player of the game eight times • Averaged 9.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in the ACC Tournament and 7.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament.

Game Highlights

Scored 11 of his 13 points against Providence in the second half • Also had seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks vs. the Friars • Had 12 points vs. Florida Gulf Coast • Had seven points in the ACC championship game vs. Virginia, including a spinning move in the lane with 30 seconds to play that gave UNC a 57-52 lead (his basket came with three seconds left on the shot clock and followed consecutive 3FGs by Virginia that cut UNC’s lead from nine to three) • First career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in semifinal win over Notre Dame • Had seven offensive boards, also a career best.

Made his third start of the season and had 12 points, five rebounds and two steals and was the defensive player of the game vs. Miami • Then-career-high nine rebounds against Wake Forest • Eight of his 10 points in home win against NC State came in the first half, helping UNC overcome its worst shooting half of the year to forge a 29-all tie at the half • Led Carolina in scoring for the first time with a career-high tying 21 points and grabbed a then-career-high eight rebounds in the win at Syracuse • Scored 19 of his 21 in the second half • Made all five of his field goal attempts and went a career-high 11 for 13 from the line • Scored 14 points and tied his then-career high with six rebounds vs. Clemson.


Co-recipient of UNC’s most improved player award • UNC’s sixth-leading scorer and tops off the bench at 6.6 points per game • Third on the team in field goal percentage (.544) • Was 15 for 21 from the floor in the last six post-season games (.714) • Fourth on the team with 56 offensive rebounds and 15 blocks • Set or tied his career high in scoring seven times, including 21 at Boston College • Carolina’s defensive player of the game a team-high 13 times • Graded out as UNC’s top defensive performer against Butler, Florida, East Carolina, Kentucky, UAB, William and Mary, Wake Forest, at Louisville, Virginia, at Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State and Duke • Played 20 or more minutes three times and averaged 15.0 points in those three games (12 points in 22 minutes at NC State, 21 points in 28 minutes at BC, 12 points in 21 minutes at Duke) • Scored in double figures seven times • Made 10 of 17 shots from the floor in the ACC Tournament • Averaged 6.6 points in all games, 6.8 in ACC regular-season games, 6.3 in the ACC Tournament, 7.2 in wins and 5.5 in losses.

Game Highlights: Had six points and tied his season and career high with a team-leading six rebounds against Wisconsin in the NCAA Sweet 16Scored all nine of his points vs. Harvard in the first half, helping the Tar Heels build a 36-25 leadScored nine points, but had three turnovers in the ACC championship game vs. Notre DameHad a dozen points in just 13 minutes vs. Georgia Tech on 2/21 as he went 4 for 4 from the floor and 4 for 4 from the line and was UNC’s defensive player of the game for the second straight contest Scored 12 points at Duke (out-scored Duke’s bench, 12-7)Scored a career-high 21 points in his second career start on 2/7 at Boston College • Made 7 for 120 from the floor and 7 for 11 from the line in 28 minutes • Career bests in field goals, free throws and minutes • Tied his previous career high with a dozen points in the first halfHad eight points, tied his career high with six rebounds and made a career-high two steals in win over Virginia Tech • Scored eight of his career-high 12 points in the first half in UNC’s 81-79 win at NC State • Helped the Tar Heels build a six-point lead at the break • Went 6 for 7 from the floor and played a career-high 22 minutes vs. the Pack • All six of his points and all four of his rebounds came in the first half in the win over Louisville • Scored twice after grabbing offensive rebounds • Went 4 for 5 from the line at Clemson • Tied his career high with six rebounds against William and Mary • Scored a then-career-high 11 points (made career-high five free throws) against UAB • Had eight points and six rebounds at UNCG • Had 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks in loss to Butler • Scored 10 of UNC’s 17 bench points against the Bulldogs • Matched that with 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the floor against UCLA • Scored nine points in 19 minutes in the win at Davidson • Hit a pair of key free throws coming out of a media timeout after Davidson had pulled to within eight points • Scored eight points in the opener against NC Central.



Was 15 for 36 from the floor for 42 points • Averaged 7.3 minutes per contest, playing mostly at small forward • Carolina's best defender in ACC Tournament against Pitt • Played 11 minutes, primarily for his strong defensive play, in home win over Notre Dame • Scored on a driving, lefty layup in win over Duke • Solid effort in home win against Pittsburgh with four points, two rebounds and two blocks and good defensive effort vs. Lamar Patterson • Scored a season-high seven points and added four rebounds in a season-high 17 minutes vs. UNCW • Attempted and made his first three-pointer of the season against UNCW • Scored five points vs. UNCG • Blocked three shots and was UNC's best defender in win over Northern Kentucky • Started second half vs. NKY when UNC out-scored the Norse 5-0 and built lead back to double figures.


Associated Press Player of the Year in North Carolina in 2013 • Earned Parade and McDonald's All-America honors • Most Valuable Player of the state playoffs after leading Webb to title • Played for coach Leo Brunelli • Scored 34 points, grabbed a championship game record 30 rebounds and blocked seven shots in 3-A title game victory over Statesville • Also played in Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic • Played three seasons at Webb and his sophomore year at Body of Christ in Raleigh • Scored 30 or more points seven times as a senior • Averaged 22.9 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.6 blocks last year • Played one year of football and competed in track and field for a season.


Born Isaiah Dwayne Hicks • Birthday is July 24 • Born and grew up in nearby Oxford, N.C. • Son of Thomas and Regina Hicks • Majoring in exercise and sport science in the sport administration program with a minor in geography • Chose uniform No. 4 because it was his high school number • Worked on his post play and endurance in the offseason • Favorite former Tar Heel is Vince Carter • Would love to go back in time and witness the 1982 NCAA title game • Would love to have Hakeem Olajuwon’s post skills.


Position: Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 242
Year: Senior
Hometown: Oxford, N.C.
High School: J.F. Webb
Major: Exercise & Sport Science
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