#21 George Hicker
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6'3" 190 lbs Forward
HS: Franklinville Franklinville, NY
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS FG FGA % FT FTA % Asst Reb Fls DQ Pts PPG APG RPG
1965-66 So F 28 3 185 391 47.3% 53 83 63.9% 56 129 79 2 446 15.9 2.0 4.6
1966-67 Jr F 26 26 193 445 43.4%
98 134 73.1%
- 165 83 - 484 18.6 0.0 6.3
1967-68 Sr F 24 16 125 342 36.5% 65 88 73.9% - 143 64 - 315 13.1 0.0 6.0

George Hicker was a sharp shooting forward for Syracuse basketball for three seasons. Nicknamed the 'Blond Bomber', he was known for his outstanding perimeter shooting which he shot one handed, earning the shot the nickname the 'Hicker Flicker'.

George Hicker Syracuse OrangemenHicker would be the top reserve his sophomore year, and would be second on the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game. He would have an outstanding effort in a loss against West Virginia, when he scored 32 points and had 14 rebounds.

Hicker would be in a severe automobile accident in May following his sophomore season that resulted in a severe break of his leg and ankle. It was questionable if he would be able to recover to play basketball for any point of his junior season. Through a strenuous rehabilitation process, Hicker was actually able to start the first game of the season and would lead the team in scoring with 26 points. The Orangemen had an outstanding season, surprising many by going 20-6. Hicker was the team's leading scorer. twice scoring 30+ points. Against Army, he would score 25 points in the first half on the way to an easy victory. Hicker would end up a UPI Honorable Mention All American that year.

There were expectations for the Orangemen to build upon their success during Hicker's senior season. Unfortunately, the season fell apart with the Orangemen losing seven straight games at one point. Hicker would have a falling out with coach Fred Lewis, resulting in his temporary removal from the starting lineup and a one game suspension.

Hicker would finish his career at Syracuse with four game with 30+ points, and was (at the time) the fourth leading scorer in school history with 1,245 points trailing only Dave Bing, Billy Gabor and Vinnie Cohen. He would earn third team Academic All American his senior year.

Hicker would become a successful real estate salesman in the Southern California area, and the president of Cardinal Industrial. Hicker, a longtime friend of former teammate Jim Boeheim, would be implicated in the 1990 scandal reported by the Syracuse Herald American. Hicker was reported to have hired LeRon Ellis' father LeRoy Ellis, in order to secure LeRon's transfer to Syracuse. Hicker fervently denied those allegations and ran an advertisement in the Herald American on Feb 17, 1991 laying out the facts.

Hicker was named a Syracuse Letterwinner of Distinction in 1997, along with also earning the Vic Hanson Medal of Excellence that same year.

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