John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats’ first 2021 commit continues to draw high praise from those who know him best.
Four-star point guard Nolan Hickman, who committed to UK Saturday, landed major comparisons from his high school coach, Paul Peterson.
In an interview with Kentucky Sports Radio, Peterson compared Hickman to two of the top point guards in recent UK history in Tyler Ulis and Rajon Rondo.
“He’s like a mixture of a bunch of different guys, he’s not just one guy,” Peterson told KSR’s, Jack Pilgrim. “He’s smooth like [Tyler] Ulis, ball screens like Ulis, but I think he’s a better shooter than Ulis. But he does play defense like Rondo. I would say he’s a mixture of both with a better shot, no disrespect to either of them, obviously, but just a better jumper and pull-up.”
Peterson also said he believes Hickman could wind up being the top point guard of the 2021 class saying, “I think he has the potential to be the number one guard in his class.
“Luckily for us this year, with our schedule this year (playing the likes of Montverde, Oak Hill, La Lumiere, and Sunrise Christian), he’ll be able to match up against some of those guards that might be ranked ahead of him and prove it to the whole country. He can prove that he’s the best guard in his class.”
This is great to hear for Kentucky’s first pledge in 2021. He’s been ranked as low as No. 76 (Rivals) in his class, but Hickman has drawn a wealth of praise, enough to think Kentucky has another future star coming in.
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