After an unofficial visit to Cal last month, 2017 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 6-4/180 combo guard Alec Hickman saw all he needed to see, committing to the Bears today.
"They've been in contact with me for a while now so I decided to go up there for an unofficial visit," said Hickman.†
"I really liked it there. I really like the coaching staff. I feel like what they're doing up there is really great and I'll fit in perfectly.
"I run the court well and I'm a leader out there."
Hickman's been impressed by the way the Cal program has been built up under new head coach Cuonzo Martin and his staff, including Hickman's lead recruiter, Yanni Hufnagel.†
"I'm expecting nothing but big things from Cal for years to come with how they're building things there," said Hickman. It's a great staff with great communicators."
Hickman's somewhat in the Wallace mold, a long and smooth point guard who can defend and play multiple positions.†
"Alec's a tall, long point," said Eleate coach Marvin Lea. "He can play either 1 or 2 but probably point first.
"He's silky smooth and can score from any which way-going to the hole, pull-up jump shot, shooting threes.
Hickman has been somewhat off the radar, growing from a 5'9" point guard to 6'4," and also transferred from Riverside North High School to JSerra. The 3 star guard earned 1st Team All-Trinity League and 2nd Team All-CIF in the 2014-15 season.
"Since Alex was 5'9 early in high school, he's handled the ball all his life," said Lea. "He just sprouted up the last year and a half or so.†
"He's a great kid, mature beyond his years and knows what he wants.
"The Cal staff's been great in his recruitment. Being in California, what better school and program is there than Cal? Alec hit a home run.
"It can't get any better playing with all the talent they have up there. With Tyrone Wallace graduating, he'll be playing with some other great players up there, for sure."†
Academically, Hickman has a 3.1 gpa and is undecided on his future major.
To view Hickman's highlights, †click here