Redshirt Junior Hicks Has ACL & Medial Meniscus Tear, Will Undergo Surgery
DUNK CITY, Fla. – FGCU men’s basketball redshirt junior Nate Hicks suffered an ACL and medial meniscus tear in his left knee during the Eagles’ NIT Opening Round game against Florida State Tuesday night and will undergo surgery, head coach Joe Dooley announced on Thursday.
Hicks, a 6-10 forward from Panama City Beach, Fla., suffered the tear early in the second half after an FSU player inadvertently landed on him while battling for a rebound. Hicks, who was called for a foul on the play, left with 17:15 remaining in the game and did not return.
“This is an unfortunate setback for Nate as he has been a key member for us in the low blocks all year, and in particular in the Florida State game,” Dooley said. “Collectively as a staff we’ll monitor Nate’s recovery closely following surgery to gauge the progress he’s making.”
Typical recovery time from an ACL and medial meniscus tear is six months. Hicks, who completed his first season with FGCU after transferring from Georgia Tech, is expected to graduate in May with a degree in accounting, but still has a year of athletic eligibility remaining. An exact date for the surgery has not yet been scheduled.
Hicks – who had a team-high-tying four rebounds against the Seminoles before leaving – played in all 35 games for the Eagles this year, making 11 starts. The J.R. Arnold High School product averaged 4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 15.5 minutes. Of players who attempted at least 100 shots, Hicks led FGCU with a 58.9 field-goal percentage (63-107). He also paced the Green and Blue with 42 blocks for an average of 1.2 per game to rank third in the Atlantic Sun Conference in that category.
FGCU finished the year with a 22-13 record following the program’s first-ever A-Sun regular-season championship courtesy of a 14-4 league mark. The Eagles participated in the NIT for the first time in program history as FGCU’s 22 wins marked the second-straight 20-win season and were the second-most in the Division-I era (2007-08).
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