The Knicks signed former UNC power forward Isaiah Hicks to a two-way contract, the team announced Friday.
He had signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Hornets in August.
The 23-year-old Hicks won the National Championship with UNC last season, when he averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in 39 regular season games last season (23.3 minutes per game).
Hicks' minutes steadily increased while at UNC. He averaged 7.3 minutes as a freshman in 2013-14, followed by 14.8 minutes in his sophomore season and 18.1 in his junior season, when he was the ACC Sixth Man of the Year.
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The Knicks don't have a ton of depth at power forward, so signing Hicks makes some sense. He played four years at UNC and got better each year. His final stats were nothing to write home about, but he was playing for a powerhouse school that had plenty of talent in front of him. He did win a championship, which is always a plus.
It's a little odd that the Knicks gave him a two-way contract and haven't even had him out on the floor at all. He was cut by the Hornets and the Knicks only had two spots for two-way contracts, and one of them goes to a guy that gets here after the season started.
It's hard to see Hicks getting time with the Knicks this season unless there's a few injuries...which could happen. One of their power forwards, Michael Beasley, already got hurt on opening night.