Bruce Hicks Jr.

bruce-hicksPure Basketball Program Director

11U Boys – Head Coach                                                                                               17U Boys – Head Coach
16U Girls – Head Coach

Bruce started the Pure Basketball program to provide an intense focus on “FUNDAMENTALS”, and to emphasize the lessons of integrity, work ethic, teamwork, leadership and self knowledge that can be taught through basketball. He loves the kids and understands all the dynamics that go into building a strong program.

Bruce has coached at various camps for the past several years, including Philadelphia 76ers Camp, Kenny Smith Carolina Basketball Camp, New York Knicks Basketball Camp, New Jersey Nets Clinics, Five-Star Camp, Pocono’s Invitational Camp and the Basketball City Youth Development League. He has helped players develop the fundamentals of basketball and increase their basketball knowledge.

Prior to coaching, Coach Hicks played professionally for the Harlem/Tampa Bay Strong Dogs and Jersey Skycats. He played college basketball at New Jersey City University, where he won the Division III ECAC Championship in 1994.

Bruce is currently the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at National Ranked Essex County College.  Division II NJCAA National Runner-ups 2013. He previously was the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Kean University. He previously was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Raritan Valley Community College for 2 years as well as the Men’s Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Raritan Valley Community College for 5 years. He helped coach the Men’s team in 2009 to become the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Champions. He helped bring in the best recruiting class at Raritan Valley Community College in 2009-2010 which was the best recruiting class in the history of the Men’s Basketball program. That 2009-2010 team placed 7 players at Division I, Division II, and Division III programs also, One All-American player at Division III (Drew University 10-11). He also helped produce one All- Conference, All-Region and two All-American players. (Anthony Baskville – Raritan Valley CC 2010 – 2011) (Asmar Capers – Division III Drew University 10-11)