by Danny Cross
Posted In: Basketball
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Former UC basketball player Eric Hicks to suit up for Cincinnati Commandos
Anyone who misses the
days of Eric “The Helicopter” Hicks jamming on people’s heads
for the University of Cincinnati basketball team will have a chance
to see Hicks suit up for another local team later this month, but
this time he’ll be playing football.
Hicks signed a one-day
contract to play in the Cincinnati Commandos game against the Marion Blue Racers on April
28. He’ll be in town practicing with the United Indoor Football League team during
the next couple of weeks. He calls it his “OchoCinco moment.”
Although he never
played in the NBA, Hicks has been a professional basketball player
since leaving UC after his senior season in 2006. Hicks has been a
very good player in several European leagues, having played on
championship and All-Star teams in such countries as Belgium, Poland,
Russia, Israel, China and Spain.
Several notable NFL
players had college basketball experience, including tight ends
Antonio Gates, Jimmie Graham and Rob Gronkowski. Hicks, who is
6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, hasn’t played football since his sophomore
year of high school in North Carolina. Although he doesn’t expect
to end up in the NFL any time soon, Commandos coach Billy Back says
his size and athleticism could be real advantages in this league.
“He’s an all-time
fan favorite Bearcat and one of my favorites as well,” Back said. “He’s
an athlete, and we can use his height to our advantage.”
Hicks plans to return
to Europe soon to resume his basketball career, but said in a release
that he’s excited about playing for the Commandos.
In addition to the April 28 game in which Hicks will play, the Commandos have home games at the Cincinnati Gardens May 12, May 26 and June 2. Tickets are $10-$22 and available through Ticket Master or the Cincinnati Gardens ticket office, 513-631-7793 or
2250 Seymour Ave. Find the team's website here. Here’s a video
showing a bunch of cool stuff Hicks did as a Bearcat.