Laker Lowdown: Player of the Week

By Samantha Reid

Player of the Week Cutout - photo by steve

Name: Joshua Hicks
Sport: Basketball
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Oswego, Ill.
Major: Journalism

Q: What was your favorite part of this past season?
A: The later part of the season. Practices begin to get shorter, and it gets closer to the playoffs, which is always the most exciting part of the year.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge the men’s basketball program faces?
A: The biggest challenge for the men’s program is our height. Teams we play have multiple players over 6’7” as their big men, and we only have one [player] that is 6’8”, but has barely played due to injury. If we can recruit and get multiple big men with height, that would be a huge help to our team’s success.

Q: How long have you been involved in basketball, and how did you initially get started in it?
A: I’ve been involved since the third grade. I initially got started just playing in the backyard with my friends and attending multiple basketball camps. I also loved watching the best NBA players play against each other on TV, and it inspired me to be like them. That’s when my love for the game increased, and it inspired me to play to this day.

Q: What made you decide to play in college?
A: It was always my dream to play college basketball. I had other chances to play at other colleges, but due to relationship issues with my high school coach, I lost the scholarships. When I came to Roosevelt, I learned of the school having tryouts for the team. I was able to talk to the coaches and actually work out with the team for a little bit until the tryouts. That’s when they decided to add me on the team. It was awesome how
the coaches took me under their wing, and I was able to develop my game under their coaching.

Q: Do you have any people that you look up to?
A: My mentor that I looked up to was my grandpa. He helped teach me the game of basketball, but he also taught me how to be a man. If it wasn’t for him being there for me and teaching me these things, I wouldn’t be who I am today.

Q: How have you balanced your basketball schedule with school and other responsibilities?
A: Time management. Basketball is very much time consuming throughout the week, so I always go to study tables, which is a study hall for athletes. I also do a lot of my homework on the weekends, which are normally the days we have off. I put some of [my] social life to the side so that I can get my work done.

Q: When you aren’t playing or practicing, what else do you like to do in your free time?​
A: I like to go out and sleep in my spare time. I catch up mostly on my rest because I’m always on the go.

Q: What’s your best memory of Lakers basketball so far?
A: My best memory as a Laker is when I scored my career-high eight points in the first game of the 2013-14 season against Marygrove.

Q: When you’re done at Roosevelt, what’s your dream career?
A: My dream career is being a sports journalist, and hopefully, throughout time, transfer it into sports broadcasting.

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