JACKSONVILLE — North Florida Head Men’s Basketball coach Matthew Driscoll announced the addition of transfer Jarius Hicklen to the Osprey lineup beginning with the upcoming 2021-22 season.
Hicklen, a native of Dallas, Texas, comes to UNF following a pair of seasons at Oklahoma Baptist University. At OBU, he played for coach Jason Eaker, a former assistant coach at Liberty and Mercer, and helped lead the Bison to a 14-3 record in 2020-21, a Great American Conference title and a Top 25 National Ranking in the NCAA DII Coaches Poll. He will have three seasons of eligibility for the Ospreys.
A 6-3, 175-lbs guard, Hicklen earned first-team All-GAC accolades this past season after averaging 17.1 ppg (second in the GAC), 4.2 rpg and 1.9 apg. He connected at a 46 percent rate from the floor including a 42 percent clip from beyond th arc. Hicklen netted a career best 31 points including six treys against Southwestern Oklahoma State. During his freshman campaign at OBU, Hicklen played in every game averaging 9.1 ppg and 1.9 rpg, ranking third on the squad with 43 three-pointers made. In addition, Hicklen was named to the 2020 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for his work in the classroom.
Hicklen was a prep standout at Desoto High School, garnering District 7-6A Player of the Year honors in 2019. He was also named the 2019 Desoto High School Sportsman of the Year.
HEAD COACH MATTHEW DRISCOLL:
“The fact that Jarius Hicklen has put it in the books under the lights at a very high rate immediately alerted us to the talents and treasures gifted to him. As we peeled back the layers during the recruitment process, it became very clear that Jarius’ values and competitive heart fall completely in line with our championship culture. Jarius has the ability to score at all three levels especially from 3-point range. He also navigates ball screen coverages like its second nature. Jarius has the length and athleticism to be an incredible defender providing our talented roster with another strong option as we pursue our fourth championship.”