Anthony Hickey signs with LSU

Anthony Hickey, Mr. Basketball in Kentucky, signed with LSU over Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Western Kentucky on Tuesday.

"I am from a small town in Kentucky and I always had to prove myself," Hickey said. "I chose LSU because I like the way the coaches conducted themselves throughout the process. They made sure to include everyone in my family while they were recruiting me. LSU did an excellent job."

He is a true point guard who averaged 18.0 points, 4.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game while leading Christian County High School of Hopkinsville, Ky., to the Class 5A state title and was named tournament MVP. He was also quarterback for his high school's football team, which finished as the state runner up.

Hickey is a strong decision-maker with the ball in his hands and uses his speed and quickness to push the ball in transition. Defensively, he applies tenacious pressure on the ball and should be an extension of the LSU coach Trent Johnson's staff on the floor.

"He is one of the most unique players I have ever coached," said Christian County coach Kerry Stovall. "He helps you win games on the floor and makes the players around him better. He is a motivator when he's not on the floor and is a true leader. I think he's going to do great things for LSU."

By bringing in Hickey, it will allow Andre Stringer to move off the ball at times and be freed up to score the basketball.

"Whatever the coach needs, I'm going to do to win," Hickey said. "I can be effective and help win games without scoring the basketball, but if I'm left open I will look to score."

Hickey joins McDonald's All-American PF Johnny O'Bryant (Cleveland, Miss./East Side) and SG John Isaac (Leesville, La./Pickering) as part of LSU's strong incoming class. This trio will team up with young, talented perimeter players Ralston Turner and Stringer as Johnson continues to build the Tigers' program.

"I really want to help LSU get to the top of SEC," he said.

Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting. He is also one the voters for the McDonald's All-American Game and Gatorade Player of the Year. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.