2013 Forward Jordan Mickey Off the Board to LSU and Johnny Jones

By Paul Seaver
Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

With a pair of JUCO transfers committed for the 2013-14 season, LSU head coach Johnny Jones had also been working towards a commitment from one of his top targets in the senior class, Jordan Mickey.

Mickey, a 6-foot-9 forward from Arlington, Texas, made that decision on Thursday night, committing to Jones and the Tigers.

The verbal pledge is a big addition for LSU moving forward, especially as the program is currently preparing for Jones’ first season. Former LSU head coach Trent Johnson made the switch to TCU this past off-season, opening the door for Jones to take over.

The Tigers are no stranger to landing productive and highly-touted big man. Current sophomore Johnny O’Bryant, who has high expectations in his second season at LSU, was a former top-10 prospect from the class of 2011.

Mickey is widely-considered among his fellow classmates as one of the top power forward recruits in the country. In fact, ESPN lists Mickey at No. 45 overall, while Rivals pins him at No. 38.

The commitment pushes the Tigers up to three commitments for next season, as Mickey joins JUCO transfers Deng Deng and John Odoh. Deng stands at 6-foot-8, while Odoh is 6-foot-10. Given those numbers, the front line should have plenty of depth next season, especially if O’Bryant makes the decision to return for his junior season.

Prior to his announcement, Mickey had also been considering offers from SMU, Arkansas, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

During his time on the AAU circuit, Mickey rank with Urban DFW.


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