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NSU’s Hicks gains national recognition from College Sports Madness
Oct 10, 2013 | 218 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Northwestern State senior forward DeQuan Hicks is one of 20 basketball players from around the country recognized by College Sports Madness on its Preseason All-Mid Major Team just announced.

He was a second-team selection. No other Southland Conference players were included. The only other Louisiana player was Southern guard Malcolm Miller, a fourth-team pick by the staff at College Sports Madness.

Hicks, a 6-7 native of Racine, Wis., was the Southland Conference and All-Louisiana Newcomer of the Year last season after he transferred to Northwestern from New Mexico Community College. He led the Demons in scoring (14.0 points per game) and rebounding (5.9 average) while ranking 11th in the nation with a 58.3 field goal percentage.

He sank 70 percent of his free throws while averaging 1.7 assists, 1.6 steals in 20.2 minutes per game. Hicks was the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year and a second-team All-Southland choice. He earned Southland Conference All-Tournament honors helping the Demons to a championship and he received All-District 24 second-team recognition from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Hicks was second nationally in points per 40 minutes (28.3) to Doug McDermott of Creighton. He recovered from a hairline fracture in foot that sidelined him for 20 days late in the season to start and help spark Demons to the Southland tourney title, and into the NCAA Tournament. He made the Southland's All-Tournament Team and was NSU's leading scorer in the NCAA tourney loss to Florida.

The Demons, who began preseason practice early this week, open their season at home Nov. 8, launching a schedule which matches them up with nearly every other in-state Division I team. NSU will play LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, McNeese, UNO, Nicholls and Southeastern, and also has a contest against Division III Louisiana College.
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