After leading Christian County to a state championship, their first, point guard Anthony Hickey was named Kentucky’s 2011 Mr. Basketball.
Christian County finished the season 25-9 and with a victory over Rowan County in the Sweet 16 championship game. In the final game of his high school career, Hickey scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, had six assists and three steals in the game.
The effort topped off an outstanding tournament effort where Hickey averaged almost 23 points per game with seven boards, six-and-a-half assists and five assists a game. On the season Hickey averaged 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals a game.
Hickey learned of his award at a ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. Christian County planned to have their 2011 State Championship banner raised, but that wasn’t the only thing to celebrate.
Hickey didn’t know he had won the award, but he knew something was happening once he stepped on stage.
“It kind of gave it up when they were doing all of this,” Hickey told Joe Wilson of Hopkinsville’s Kentucky New Era. “Then I saw a whole bunch of people’s feet up under the curtain on the stage. I really haven’t realized it yet. I’m not going to cry in front of everybody. I’m going to go home and cry like a baby,” he finished.
Hickey will have the honor of wearing the number ‘1’ jersey during the Kentucky vs. Indiana All-Star games this summer. Additionally, Hickey will likely sign a national letter of intent soon, to play college basketball.
Nebraska, Texas Christian, Tennessee, LSU, West Virginia, Murray State, Western Kentucky and several other schools are involved with Hickey right now.
Hickey was also named AP Player of the Year last week.