Former Kentucky commit Nolan Hickman Jr. will stay home.
After decommitting from UK back on April 30, the five-star guard announced this evening that he has officially signed with Gonzaga and will play in Spokane, Washington this season.
Hickman chose the Bulldogs over Auburn and Kansas, among other offers.
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— Nolan hickman (@Nolanhickman2) May 15, 2021
Following his decommitment from UK, the five-star guard’s father told KSR that his son’s decision came down to his two lead recruiters, Tony Barbee and Joel Justus, both leaving the program, along with homesickness.
“The connection with Tony Barbee, the rapport he developed with the coaching staff, that definitely had something to do with it,” Hickman Sr. said at the time. “We love the entire staff, with Calipari as well, but with Tony being his lead recruiter and not being there, and then Joel (Justus) being his second recruiter, it just made things rough.
“… It was rough with COVID, you’ve got to be away from the family again. COVID has played a part in peoples’ lives way more than you think,” Hickman Sr. added. “… Me and his mom, we were in tune with our child but we weren’t as in-tune with our child as we needed to be. We sent him to Mount Pleasant, Utah, away from the city, friends and family, FaceTime isn’t enough. … He was like, “Dad, I can’t do it to myself.” More and more, he just felt like he didn’t want to be away. He (was) actually home for the week, and he was like, “I really have to think some things through. I can’t go through this again, being away, separated from you guys and family.” That’s how we got to this.”
Homesick no more, as the Gonzaga signee will now be just over 250 miles away from his hometown of Kent, WA at the collegiate level.
With Hickman headed elsewhere, the Wildcats have since signed five-star point guard TyTy Washington and are currently the favorites to land Georgia guard transfer Sahvir Wheeler.
Best of luck to Hickman in Spokane.