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J. J. Hickson
Cleveland Cavaliers  – No. 21
Power forward
Born September 4, 1988 (1988-09-04) (age 21)
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 242 lb (110 kg)
League NBA
Salary $1,429,200
High school Joseph Wheeler,
Marietta, Georgia
College North Carolina State
Draft 19th overall, 2008
Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 2008–present
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James Edward "J. J." Hickson (born September 4, 1988 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA by whom he was selected, 19th overall, in the 2008 NBA Draft.


High school

Hickson attended Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. In the class of 2007, he was ranked as the No. 10 overall recruit and No. 2 power forward by and as the No. 13 overall and the No. 3 power forward by He was honored as a 2007 McDonald's All-American. In 2006, Hickson took the Wheeler High squad to the 5A Final Four. As a senior, he averaged 25.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.

Name Hometown High School Height Weight Commit date
J.J. Hickson
Marietta, GA Wheeler HS 6′9″ 225 10/12/2006 
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College career

Hickson played one season of college basketball for the Wolfpack at North Carolina State University.

In his first game as a freshman, Hickson scored 31 points, making all 12 of his attempted field goals against the William & Mary Tribe. He scored a career best 33 points later in the season. Hickson was named ACC Rookie of the Week on three occasions, scored 20 or more points seven times and registered 10 double-doubles. He set an ACC single-game freshman record by pulling down a career-high 23 rebounds and also added 13 points and four blocked shots versus Clemson University. Hickson scored a career-high 33 points on 10-11 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds versus Western Carolina University and put up 27 points and 14 rebounds versus Miami in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

For the season he averaged 14.8 ppg and 8.5 rpg (leading all freshmen) while shooting 59% from the field. He was selected to the All-Freshman team in the ACC, and an honorable mention for All-ACC.

Pro career



Hickson scored four points in his first NBA game against the Charlotte Bobcats, making one field goal and two free throws. On November 26, 2008 Hickson had career-highs with 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks against the Oklahoma City Thunder. On January 2, 2009, he also set career highs for free throws made (3) and attempted (5). Hickson surpassed his career-high by grabbing seven rebounds on January 13, 2009, against the Memphis Grizzlies. Again on February 24, 2009, he surpassed his previous career-high of 7 rebounds to 9 rebounds against the Memphis Grizzlies.


During the 2009 season, Hickson received his first career start as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.


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