ANTHONY HICKS ('83) --- 1988 Inductee --- First student-athlete ever selected in first year of eligibility; lettered four years in basketball. Three-time Team MVP. Member of the Xavier 1,000-Point Club.
One local paper wrote that, "As Hicks goes, so goes Xavier." And Hicks led Xavier basketball back to respectability.
During Hicks' time as a Musketeer, Xavier reached numerous milestones. XU captured its first conference title ever (1981) and its first conference tournament title ever (1983). XU reached the 20-win plateau (22-8 in 1983) for the first time since 1957, reached non-conference post-season tournament play (1983) for the first time since 1963, and reached the NCAA Tournament (1983) for the first time since 1961.
Hicks finished his career as Xavier's all-time leading scorer with 1,805 career points. He is now in seventh place. Hicks ranks second all-time for career steals (226) and stands seventh on the XU all-time assist chart (466).
The Hicks' stat report bears repeating. He led XU in scoring three seasons: 16.7 (1981), 20.4 (1982), and 14.9 (1983). He led XU in assists three seasons: 109 (1981), 121 (1982), and 121 (1983). And he led XU in steals all four seasons: 54 (1980), 58 (1981), 60 (1982), and 54 (1983).
The impressive stats do not tell the whole story. Whether playing point guard or shooting guard, Hicks was the team leader. It's no secret why he was chosen a record-tying three times as the XU Team MVP.
As a sophomore, Hicks began to open some eyes around the Midwestern City Conference. He earned 1981 MCC Tournament MVP honors despite XU's runnerup finish. And he also earned second team All-MCC honors.
As a junior, Hicks burst onto the national scene, finishing 32nd in the nation in scoring at 20.4 ppg. while earning honorable mention All-America from The Sporting News.
The junior star, a unanimous first team All-MCC (AP & UPI) pick, hit 10-of-14 from the field and 14-of-14 from the free throw line en route to a career high 34 points in a 72-59 win at Georgia State. He hit 30 points in a 69-65 overtime thriller over Air Force. And he earned MVP honors for the UC game, scoring 15 points while leading XU to an exciting 53-51 win at the Coliseum. XU was 2-2 versus UC during Hicks' career, an impressive stat since XU had lost eight straight in the series before he arrived.
As a senior, Hicks helped XU to one of its finest seasons ever, 22-8. He scored 31 points in an 84-78 win over Loyola and 26 points in a 66-64 win at Texas. He drilled one of his patented jumpers in a win over Oklahoma City at Schmidt Fieldhouse, the shot that vaulted him past Steve Thomas and into first place on the XU all-time scoring list.
Hicks, a unanimous first team All-MCC (AP & UPI) pick for the second straight year, saved his best for the 1983 MCC Tournament. He pumped in 39 points, earned All-MCC Tourney honors, while leading XU to the championship and its first NCAA Tourney berth since 1961.
After his graduation, Hicks was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the seventh round of the NBA Draft.
HICKS' XAVIER CAREER STATS
HIGH POINT GAME: 34 at Georgia State (12-8-81)