LSU Tigers: Anthony Hickey

Tiny Tigers have big dreams 

October, 11, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Anthony Hickey has a new look this season.

Gone are the thick dreadlocks that became his signature look during a freshman season in which he averaged 8.9 points and 3.8 assists. He now sports a close-cut look that makes him look more streamlined, perhaps a bit shorter and altogether different from last year.

Kind of like his LSU team.
When point guard Corban Collins became LSU's fifth recruit for the 2012 basketball signing class last week, it gave a look of completion for Johnny Jones' first Tigers signing class.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesJohnny Jones' 2012 recruiting class is impressive considering he was named head coach of LSU less than three months ago.
Sort of.

Collins gives LSU two true point guards (along with returning starter Anthony Hickey) to go with four wings (returning starter Andre Stringer and recruits Shavon Coleman, Malik Morgan and Shane Hammink), two "face-up," perimeter-shooting forwards (Eddie Ludwig and Jalen Courtney) and two "true" post players (returning starter Johnny O'Bryant III and recruit Calvin Godfrey).

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Corban Collins, who became LSU's fifth commitment for Johnny Jones' first basketball signing class Thursday, initially planned to go back to Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va. for a second school year in the fall.

When he arrived for his first year at Massanutten last August, "he was a little young, and he had an injury his sophomore year and didn't really get back to full speed (as a junior)," Massanutten coach Chad Myers said. "So he was kind of thinking of staying for his senior year and a post-graduate year."

But his senior season went so well, it turned out he didn't need the extra year.

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LSU's Hickey says he will stay

April, 16, 2012
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As the remaining LSU players trickled into the room for the news conference introducing Johnny Jones as their new head coach, point guard Anthony Hickey was conspicuously absent.

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Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireAnthony Hickey (left) said he is excited about the hiring of coach Johnny Jones.
But he arrived just before the news conference started and took a seat at a table with teammates. It's a seat that, much to the relief of Jones and LSU basketball fans, he's willing to keep.

"I'm in here for the long run," he said. "I wasn't really thinking about leaving. It was just rumors, you know, when the coach is leaving."

Those rumors centered around Hickey's desire to be closer to family in his home state of Kentucky. Instead, he referred to the LSU team as "my family here."

With Hickey on board, all seven scholarship players returning from the 18-15 team said they would return to play for Jones. That includes starters Hickey, forward Johnny O'Bryant and wings Andre Stringer and Ralston Turner.

Hickey's return is crucial, given LSU's lack of depth at point guard.

The 5-foot-11 former Kentucky Mr. Basketball made the SEC's All-Freshman team after averaging 8.9 points and a team-high 3.8 assists in 2012. He started 31 of LSU's 33 games and showed defensive prowess, ripping off an SEC-best 2.1 steals a game.

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Hamilton weighing options 

April, 4, 2012
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As the day progressed Wednesday, rumors that LSU would lose as much as 60 percent of its men's basketball starting lineup went from a whisper to the buzz around Baton Rouge.

At day's end, it's safe to say the rumors are probably wrong ... at least two of them.

The one rumor that may prove correct is the one concerning center Justin Hamilton, the Tigers' leading scorer and rebounder last season. Team spokesman Kent Lowe confirmed that Hamilton is weighing his options and the junior could decide to go pro instead of coming back for his senior season.

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