Hickey visiting for Hysteria; Kates will commit ‘when time is right’

Brad Stephens

Christian County High School has become recruiting a focus for WKU lately thanks to seniors Anthony Hickey and Donovan Kates, members of the 2011 recruiting class.

Hickey told the Herald on Friday he will make his official visit to WKU on Oct. 15 for Hilltopper Hysteria.

The 5-11 guard — not yet rated by Rivals.com — carried Christian County to last year’s state quarterfinals and is also a dual-threat quarterback for the football team.

Hickey said that right now, WKU is the only school with which he has an official visit scheduled. In addition to WKU, Hickey holds offers from Lehigh, Lipscomb, Murray State, Oklahoma State and Southern Illinois.

Meanwhile Kates, a 6-5 small forward, said he’s in the process of scheduling a visit to WKU within the next month. Kates has a visit to Tennessee-Martin tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9, and he’s also working on scheduling a visit to Lipscomb.

Both Christian County stars praised WKU’s program, with Hickey comparing it to a “family.”

Hickey and Kates, who have been teammates since second grade AAU ball, are being recruited by assistant coach Ray Harper.

Hickey said he’s been talking to Harper “every day,” while Kates said he is in contact with Harper “two or three times a month.”

Kates said Harper also came to Hopkinsville at the beginning of the NCAA’s most recent live recruiting period to “check up on him.”

“Coach Harper and I have developed a good relationship over a two and a half year span,” Kates said. “The fact they’ve recruited me for so long comes into mind when it’s time to make a decision.”

Kates said his commitment will come “when the time is right.” Hickey said he wouldn’t choose a school until Christian County’s high school season ends.

Notes: Head Coach Ken McDonald visited 2011 recruit Vinny Zollo at George Rogers Clark High School on Thursday. Assistant Coach Ray Harper will visit 2011 commit Derrick Gordon tomorrow in New Jersey.