Sharp-Shooting Australian Signs Letter of Intent
Six-foot-9 Jordan Hickert ranked 17th nationally in 3-point shooting while at Neosho County Junior College
Jordan Hickert, the 17th-best junior college 3-point shooter in the nation in the 2010-11 season, has signed a letter of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play basketball, new head coach Jim Hayford announced on Tuesday (May 17).
Formerly from Bunbury in Western Australia, Hickert made 56-of-130 3-point attempts this past season for Neosho County Junior College in Chanute, Kansas. A six-foot-9, 225-pound forward, his 43.1 percent shooting accuracy from the 3-point arc ranked 17th among all National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I players. As a team, Neosho made 43 percent of its treys to rank fourth nationally and first in the Jayhawk Conference.
"Jordan gives us great size with tremendous outside shooting from the post position," said Hayford. "He made a high percentage from the 3-point stripe in one of the toughest junior college leagues in the country. And he was a starter on two winning teams at Neosho."
In the 2010-11 season, Hickert averaged 9.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting overall from the field (104-of-221). He made 71.7 percent of his free throws (33-of-46) and also averaged 7.8 rebounds per game to rank sixth in NJCAA Region VI. In addition, he had 14 blocked shots (0.5 per game) and 36 assists (1.1) to help the Panthers finish 16-15 overall and 10-8 in the Jayhawk Conference.
As a freshman, Hickert averaged 3.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, and also had 10 blocked shots and 10 assists. The Panthers finished the season 20-11.
Hickert is a 2007 graduate of Bunbury Senior High School. While in Australia, he was selected to play on the Western Australia Country team that played in the U-18 Nationals. He competed in that tournament against future NCAA Division I players such as Patty Mills, who went on to play at Saint Mary's and is now with the Portland Trailblazers in the National Basketball Association.
"His play on the Western Australian team showed that he competed quite favorably with other Australian players who have had success at the Division I level," added Hayford.
Hickert's father, Daniel Hickert, played in the 1977-78 season for Kansas State, which finished the year 18-11. He went on to play professionally for Perth in the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia.
On May 10, 2011, Hayford announced the signing of Collin Chiverton, a 6-foot-6 forward out of City College of San Francisco.