CLEVELAND — Isaiah Hicks said Tuesday that he wants the NBA to allow him to play basketball more regularly, something the Cavaliers point guard said he hasn’t been able to do in recent years because of NCAA rules.
Hicks, a 6-foot-10 guard, missed all of last season with an ACL injury that required surgery.
He missed the Cavaliers’ first six games, but returned and started five of the last six, averaging 12.5 points and 6.6 rebounds over the final three seasons.
He played in all 16 of Cleveland State basketball’s first 17 games before suffering a season-ending left knee injury.
“I have never felt that comfortable with basketball being the way it is now,” Hicks said in an interview with ESPN.com.
“It was a tough decision, but I believe I can make it better.
I want to play more, get more reps and get back into the rhythm of being able to contribute to my team.”
He added that he believes his current injury history would allow him “to make it” in the NBA.
Hollins, a freshman, is currently averaging 12 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, while shooting 48.5 percent from the field.
He shot 43.4 percent from 3-point range last season.
Hickkins and teammate Isaiah Loyd are among a number of players with NCAA eligibility to be considered for the 2017-18 season.