Former Penn guard Tony Hicks to transfer to Louisville basketball

Tony Hicks was a two-time All-Ivy honorable mention and reached the 1,000-point plateau in February. (USA Today Images)
Tony Hicks was a two-time All-Ivy honorable mention and reached the 1,000-point plateau in February. (USA Today Images)

Former Penn guard Tony Hicks will play his final collegiate season for Louisville, per Card Chronicle. Hicks will graduate from Penn in May and then play for the Cardinals in 2016-17.

Hicks announced through Penn Athletics in October he would sit out the 2015-16 season:

“After speaking with Coach (Steve) 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,” Hicks said 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 led the Quakers in scoring as a junior and sophomore, but he was also suspended in each of his three seasons (one game in 2012 after a failed drug test and two games last season after he lost his temper during and after a home loss to Brown).

The Courier-Journal predicted that Hicks will fill the role graduate transfer Trey Lewis has had with the Cardinals this season. The Daily Pennsylvanian reported that Hicks also drew interest from Oregon, Miami and Nevada.

With the news of Hicks’ transfer, he joins a long list of recent Ivy emigrant transfers, including Princeton’s Denton Koon (Hofstra), Cornell’s Shonn Miller (UConn), Brown’s Rafael Maia (Pitt), Cornell’s Galal Cancer (Kent State) and Dartmouth’s Alex Mitola (George Washington).

Check out what IHO wrote analyzing Hicks’ departure from Penn basketball in October.

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