An All Saints senior has been selected as a Player of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Association (TABC).
Austin Hickle, a shooting guard, was notified last week that he has been selected as the TABC Player of the Year for the Boys Private Small School Division. The four-year starter led his team to the TAPPS 2A State Championship last month, where he scored 27 of the team’s 61 points to win the championship game. Hickle is the only player in the South Plains area to earn the TABC honor.
In addition, he was named to the All State Tournament Team. Hickle has been named to the First Team All State two years, First Team All District three years and Academic All State two years. He was selected as Lonestar Athlete of the Week three times this season. He was also selected to the Floydada All Tournament Team for three years.
Hickle averages 22 points per game, 4 assists per game, six rebounds per game, and three steals per game.
He is coached by Robert Brashear, who was named as the 2018 TABC 2A Coach of the Year. In their four year history together, they have won 115 games and reached the regional finals, state semi-finals, state finals, and won the state championship this year after making it to the state championship three consecutive years.
Besides spending a lot of time on the basketball court, Hickle is an active member of All Saints High School. He is the Student Body President, National Honor Society Secretary, and serves on the yearbook staff. Hickle was selected as the Homecoming King in the fall by the student body. He was on the State Championship Cross Country Team his sophomore year, Track Team three years, and served on Student Council last year. Hickle also competes in the TAPPS State Current Events contest each year. Last summer, he was an intern in Washington D.C. for Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Congressman Jodey Arrington.
He will attend Southern Methodist University (SMU) as a Hunt Scholar next fall.