Eastside Catholic point guard Nolan Hickman announces transfer to Wasatch Academy in Utah for senior season

Eastside Catholic point guard Nolan Hickman has risen up the national recruiting rankings, picking up offers from the likes of UCLA, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona and Washington.

Now, Washington state’s top point guard is Utah-bound.

Hickman, a four-star recruit who is widely regarded as a top-50 player nationally in the class of 2021, announced on Saturday he’s transferring to Wasatch Academy, a nationally competitive boarding school in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

“With the summer being taken away I felt like it was the best move for me, especially with the national schedule they have,” Hickman told SBLive Washington.

There is not a set in stone start date for the 2020-2021 high school sports year in Washington, and Hickman is one of many uncommitted high school basketball players in the class of 2021 whose in-person exposure to colleges has been limited.

His recruiting continued to take off even without an EYBL season to play in front of coaches. Hickman said he’s hearing from coaches at Kansas, Arizona and UCLA consistently and he’s nearing a decision.

“You just got to stay tuned for that,” Hickman said. “It’s coming soon.”

247 Sports designated him the 30th-ranked recruit in the country in its updated rankings in late June, while Prep Hoops pegs him as No. 38 and ESPN has him at No. 60.

Wasatch Academy’s 2019-20 team picture. (Photo by Jim Detjen, Wasatch Academy)

Hickman was the state of Washington’s seventh most impactful basketball players as a junior in SBLive Washington’s postseason Top 50.

He worked his way into the starting lineup at Eastside Catholic as a freshman and helped the team reach the 3A semifinals as a sophomore. He had a breakout junior season following a standout summer with Seattle Rotary on the Nike EYBL circuit. The Crusaders finished third in the state in March and he averaged around 17 points, over three assists and nearly two steals per game.

Hickman’s departure is a blow for a Crusaders team that is set to bring back several Division I prospects in forwards Shane Nowell and J.T. Tuimoloau, who is also the country’s top football recruit in the class of 2021.

Hickman’s junior year highlights

Video by Al Ward / AW Productions

Statewide High School Sports Reporter at SBLive | andy@scorebooklive.com

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