Though he stood just 5-foot-9, Maurice "Mo" Hicks certainly stood out during the early Division I era of basketball at Loyola, when the team played in the ECAC Metro (now Northeast) Conference. A versatile guard, Hicks was Loyola's first all-conference selection, earning second-team honors as a senior despite the fact that he came off the bench as the team's "sixth man."
Reitz Arena opened for that 1984-85 season, and Hicks was instrumental in helping the Greyhounds to within one game of the first 64-team NCAA tournament. In the conference tourney, played at Loyola, he hit a long jumper with five seconds left in the second overtime to give his team a one-point semifinal win over Marist, a team that featured future NBA star Rik Smits.
Hicks is 10th on Loyola's all-time scoring list with 1,494 points. He was a dynamic floor leader on offense and defense for teams that still rank among the highest-scoring in program history. He also made 17 free throws in a game against Robert Morris in 1983, the school record for more than 25 years, and is one of five Division I players at Loyola to have made at least 400 career free throws.
"Mo could make a 25-footer, he could get to the basket and he could score in transition," says Mark Amatucci, Loyola's head coach from 1982-89. "Before the shot clock, we'd go four corners and he'd be the guy in the middle of it."
His contributions to basketball hardly ended at the end of his Loyola career. In 1994, he returned to his alma mater, Rice High School in New York City, where he coached the boys' basketball team for 16 years, compiling a record of 352-86 and winning five state championships. He later served as the director of basketball operations for the men's basketball team at St. John's University from 2010-2013.