The Penn Quakers have just taken a big blow on the basketball court as they announced their leading scorer will sit out the 2015-16 season. The team released a statement on Friday where Tony Hicks let fans know that he would not play this season.
According to College Basketball Talk, Hicks will sit out the season because he wants to focus on school and earn his degree. Hicks has been a big part of the Penn team since his freshman year, so losing him will certainly hurt the Quakers.
“After speaking with Coach Donahue about the best situation for Penn Basketball and myself, I have decided the best decision for me will be to take a break from basketball,” said Hicks in the release. “I plan to graduate from Penn in May, and then take my next step as a basketball player next year. This is a personal decision, and I wrestled long and hard with it because I have thoroughly enjoyed playing for Penn the last three years and wearing the Red and the Blue. I want to wish the guys on the team and the coaches all the best for this season and future seasons, and I will definitely be backing them in The Palestra during these next several months.”
Hicks will have one season of eligibility left after this year and will be able to transfer as a graduate transfer, if he decides to stay within basketball. Hicks scored 13.2 points per game last season.
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