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It wasn’t quite a homecoming for Darryl Hicks, considering he still lives in Shelbyville.
However, Wednesday was his return to a basketball court in Shelby County.
Hicks, a senior-to-be at Trinity, and his Shamrocks came back from an early double-digit deficit to defeat host Collins, 93-66, in boys’ summer basketball.
“It’s just another basketball game,” Hicks said afterward. “Actually it was kind of fun, though.”
As a freshman, Hicks helped Shelby County to the 2010 Sweet Sixteen and scored 30 points in the Rockets’ first-round loss to eventual runner-up Ballard. Then, when the school split to create Collins, he had one day of summer practice with the Titans before transferring to Trinity.
“I grew up with everybody; it was just like a pick-up game except it was structured, and I’m playing with my team,” Hicks said.
That team won the state championship last season, beating Scott County, 71-53, in the Boys Sweet Sixteen.
“It feels great [to be a state champ],” said Hicks, who averaged 12.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game last season for a balanced Trinity team.
And although the Shamrocks lose six seniors – including Mr. Basketball Nathan Dieudonne – Hicks said he and his teammates have their sights set on another title.
“I think we have a shot to win it again,” he said. “If we play defense and play like we did last year, we can repeat.”
Trinity looked the part Wednesday afternoon against the Titans. Collins, likely one of the top teams in the 8th Region next season, built a double-digit lead before the Shamrocks stormed back, taking a 53-39 lead by halftime.
Hicks, hitting shots from long range and converting fast-break baskets on the heels of turnovers, was a big part of Trinity’s rally.
Then later Wednesday night he scored 15 points for a team of juniors that fell to the Kentucky All-Stars, 96-80, at Trinity.
Hicks and the Shamrocks, meanwhile, will host Collins at 6:15 p.m. Monday in another game of what promises to be a busy summer for Hicks.
“I just want to go out and show people that I can play D-one basketball, get better over the summer and play a whole lot more basketball,” he said.
Hicks already has a number of Division I offers.
When asked Wednesday what schools he was considering, he listed nearly 20, and of those he said he has scholarship offers from Florida State, Indiana, Arizona, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Illinois State and Florida International (although that was when the Golden Panthers were coached by Isiah Thomas and before the arrival of Richard Pitino).
Hicks also said that he didn’t know when he would make his college choice.
“I have no idea,” he said. “I’ll just go with the flow.”
Meanwhile Hicks said he was still happy with his decision to go to Trinity.
“I just miss my friends [at Shelby County],” he said. “But school and basketball wise, I like it. It’s a lot more competitive.”