PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Steve Donahue, has announced that senior guard Tony Hicks has made the decision not to play for the Quakers during the upcoming season.
“Tony and I have had some discussions in recent days, and Tony has decided not to play this year,” said Donahue. “Tony will stay at Penn and graduate in May, and then after that he will continue his basketball career. I respect his decision, I wish him well, and we will continue to do all that we can to help Tony advance his game for his next step. As for this year’s team, we will move forward and continue preparing for the upcoming season.”
“After speaking with Coach 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,” said Hicks. “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.”
Penn’s season opens in exactly two weeks, when the Quakers host Robert Morris in the first half of a doubleheader at The Palestra. (The Penn women host Duke in the second game.) Tipoff between the Quakers and the Colonials is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.