Former Rebel Basketball Standout Marcus Hicks Named IBA Rookie Of The Year

Feb. 26, 2001

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The Siouxland Bombers and the International Basketball Association (IBA) announced Monday that forward Marcus Hicks has been named the IBA Rookie of the Year. The award is voted on by IBA players, coaches and media personnel.

Hicks, a rookie from Ole Miss acquired by the Bombers six games into the season on Dec. 5, 2000, is the leading field goal shooter in the league at 63.4 percent. The field goal percentage is the fifth highest in the six-year history of the IBA. Hicks is also fifth in the league in scoring (18.5 ppg), sixth in blocked shots (35), eighth in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and ninth in offensive rebounding (2.6 orpg). The Jackson, Tenn., native has scored in double digits in 26 of 30 games this season, including a career-high 37 points in a win over South Dakota on Feb. 5, and has seven double-doubles this campaign.

"Marcus has been such a quality addition for our team," said Bombers President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Duane Ticknor. "He is always giving 100-percent effort, whether it is on the floor during a game or at practice. That type of attitude rubs off on the other players, and he has been such a positive influence on our entire squad. I'm so proud of Marcus, and the Siouxland community should be proud of him, too."

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Hicks was a collegiate standout at Ole Miss, where he started during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. Hicks averaged 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists last season for an Ole Miss squad that advanced to the NIT quarterfinals. As a senior, Hicks pumped in 31 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Arkansas on Feb. 2, 2000, and also produced a 27-point, 10-rebound effort in a road loss to Kentucky on Jan. 19, 2000. Hicks averaged 12.3 points and 8.7 rebounds during the Rebels' three-game run in the NIT, as Ole Miss defeated UNC-Charlotte and Southwest Missouri State before falling to N.C. State.

Hicks broke into the SEC during the 1998-99 season, when he averaged 12 points and six rebounds a contest. The forward had a solid NCAA Tournament in 1999, scoring 21 points in a first-round win over Villanova and 16 points in a second-round loss to Michigan State. Hicks transferred to Ole Miss from Northwest Mississippi C.C., where he earned junior college All-America accolades.

The Bombers host their IBA playoff opener Tuesday, Feb. 27.

 

 

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