High School Basketball

Kentucky Mr. Basketball Hickey signs with LSU

Christian County's Anthony Hickey, right, shot under pressure from Eastern's Byron Sanford. He committed to LSU.
Christian County's Anthony Hickey, right, shot under pressure from Eastern's Byron Sanford. He committed to LSU. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Anthony Hickey will play collegiately at Louisiana State University, Kentucky's Mr. Basketball announced during a ceremony at his school Tuesday.

Hickey, a senior point guard who led Christian County to the 2011 state championship in Rupp Arena in March, opted for LSU over another Southeastern Conference school, South Carolina. He had also reportedly been considering Dayton, Butler and Western Kentucky.

"I am from a small town in Kentucky and I always had to prove myself," Hickey told ESPN.com's Paul Biancardi. "I chose LSU because I like the way the coaches conducted themselves throughout the process. They made sure to include everyone in my family while they were recruiting me. LSU did an excellent job."

The 5-foot-10 Hickey averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 steals as a senior. He is rated as a three-star prospect by recruiting services Rivals.com and Scout.com.

"I really want to help LSU get to the top of SEC," Hickey said.

Hickey is the third player from the Class of 2011 to sign with LSU. He joins McDonalds All-American Johnny O'Bryant of Cleveland, Miss., and John Isaac of Pickering, La.

■ Hickey's teammate, Donovan Kates, also announced that he signed to play for Coach Steve Masiello at Manhattan.

Kates, who averaged 20 points and seven rebounds, is the first recruit for the former Kentucky walk-on and Louisville assistant coach.

Moss commits to Florida

Boone County junior Sydney Moss has committed to play college basketball at Florida, according to a report by ESPN.com.

Moss, the daughter of NFL wide receiver Randy Moss, averaged 22.6 points and 10.8 rebounds this past season.

She reportedly chose Florida over Louisville, Dayton, West Virginia, Xavier and Kansas.

Purvis back on the market

Class of 2012 point guard Rodney Purvis, who orally committed to Louisville last December, said Monday he was reopening his recruitment.

Purvis, a 6-foot-4 junior from Raleigh, N.C., told the Raleigh News and Observer that he remains interested in Louisville, along with Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina State.

Purvis said he wanted to re-evaluate after Louisville assistant Tim Fuller, who had handled much of his recruitment, left the U of L program recently.

Purvis, rated one of the top guards in the 2012 class, averaged 25.4 points as a junior.

U of L Coach Rick Pitino said he wants to shake up his recruiting methods after losing first Negus Webster-Chan, then Purvis after Fuller left.

"Now we want to build a new brand in terms of recruiting," Pitino said. "One where we don't individualize coaches with players, that we do it as a staff, as a team, where we all cross each other.

"That we all are on one page recruiting the same young man, it's going to be team recruiting. "

Possible NCAA compliance issues for Central Fla.

A Central Florida athletics department spokesman said its compliance department has been contacted by the NCAA amid reports of possible improper recruiting activities.

UCF confirms it is conducting an internal review of recruiting practices by its programs following reports by the New York Times and ESPN.com detailing a link with Ken Caldwell, who reportedly has ties with ASM sports agency.

The reports also said that Caldwell helped push athletes toward UCF and arranged to have coaches listen to conversations with some players — which would violate NCAA rules.

WKU signs point guard

Kevin Kaspar became the sixth member of WKU's 2011 recruiting class Monday when he signed a letter of intent to play for Coach Ken McDonald and the Hilltoppers.

"I was really excited to get it done," said Kaspar, who moved to the U.S. from his native Turkey a year ago. "I appreciated all the schools waiting for me and sticking with me. But with Western Kentucky, I felt really great with everything.

"I also like the players already there and I know some of the new freshmen — and I know we can do big things over there."

WKU has not officially announced the signing and cannot discuss Kaspar, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., until they receive the letter, per NCAA rules.

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