North Carolina State freshman J.J. Hickson scored 21 points in his coming out party Saturday at the Red/White intrasquad game at the RBC Center.
Hickson shot 7 of 11 from the field and made all seven free-throw attempts to lead the Red squad to a 53-47 victory.
Hickson and Ben McCauley engaged in an entertaining post battle, with McCauley finishing with 14 points to lead the White squad. Brandon Costner added 12 points for the White, shooting 4 of 12 from the field, and Gavin Grant added 11 points for the Red, going 3 of 7 from the field, but added 4 of 6 from the free-throw line.
Point guard transfers Farnold Degand (Red) and Marques Johnson (White) gave a glimpse into who might run the show this season.
Degand's speed was evident in some end-to-end forays, with the sophomore finishing with eight points, two assists and one turnover.
Johnson, more steady with the ball, had a finger-tip roll layup for his lone points, and he added four assists and one turnover.