Penn took a huge hit to its roster on Friday as the team announced in a release that leading scorer Tony Hicks will sit out the 2015-16 season.
The 6-foot-2 Hicks has been a key contributor for the Quakers since his freshman season and led the team in scoring each of the last two seasons. The native of Chicago plans to sit out the 2015-16 season while completing his degree at the school.
“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.”
It’s hard to say why Hicks is making this decision, but it will certainly hurt Penn and new head coach Steve Donahue this season. If Hicks graduates, he could become a graduate transfer next season it he opts to leave Penn and stay within college basketball. As a junior, Hicks averaged 13.2 points per game.