Coach-player clashes sent Anthony Hickey packing

More on Tuesday’s surprising news that three-year starter Anthony Hickey will not be returning for his senior season at LSU.

Matthew Harris of The Advocate in Baton Rouge reports that the former Kentucky Mr. Basketball did not see eye to eye with Tigers head coach Johnny Jones, who did not renew Hickey’s scholarship.

Anthony Hickey Sr., the guard’s father, told The Advocate that his son was informed last week that the program does not intend to renew his scholarship. The rising senior had his run-ins with coach Johnny Jones in the past two seasons, largely over missed classes and study hall periods.

Harris also reports that Hickey could appeal to the NCAA for a “run-off” waiver that would allow him to play immediately elsewhere.

Ron Higgins of NOLA.com writes that Hickey and Jones never seemed to be on the same page.

While Hickey led the SEC in assists to turnover ratio, he may not have liked the fact his playing time was about to be cut with the signing of incoming backcourt talent Josh Gray and Keith Hornsby. Gray and Hornsby are bigger, physical guards, something that LSU lacked last year when larger opposing guards would shove aside smaller Tiger guards, break down LSU’s defense and force Tigers’ big men to have to constantly defend the rim.

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