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JORDAN MICKEY LOOKING TO MAKE COLLEGE COMMITMENT IN LATE JULY
by Alex Schwartz
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jordan Mickey of Grace Prep in Arlington (TX) is one of the better frontcourt prospects in the nation in the class of 2013.
A 6-foot-7, 215-pound power forward, Mickey is a long and athletic player with some major upside. It is clear that colleges agree that the Texan is a talented prospect, as he is being looked at by schools across the country.
On Friday at the NBPA Top 100 High School Basketball Camp, Mickey said he holds scholarship offers from Louisville, Ohio State, West Virginia, Providence, Kansas, Texas, Florida State, Texas A&M, and Missouri. Additionally, he mentioned that he is receiving interest from Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina.
Mickey has gone on a recent visit spree, taking trips to Louisville, Ohio State, West Virginia, and Kentucky.
Although he claims no favorites right now, Mickey said he planning to make his decision “probably [at] the end of July.”
Asked why he wants to get his commitment out of the way early, Mickey responded, “I just wanna be able to fit into—learn my team, learn how they’ll be using me.”
Mickey talked about some of the things that he is looking for in a school as he moves towards making his choice.
“Just a place I can get a good education [and a] program [that will allow me] to play at the highest level and win a national championship,” Mickey said.
There is also a certain pace that he would like to play at when it comes to a team’s system.
“As of right now, a style of play that fits me would be a team that likes to run, get up and down,” Mickey said.
He went on to add, “I don’t really like the half-court offense type stuff. I like to get in and go.”
With Friday being the first day that coaches could text players, Mickey said he received messages from coaches at Louisville, Alabama and LSU. It was Alabama head coach Anthony Grant who was the first to send him a text, doing so right at midnight.
Of what Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said in his text message, Mickey remarked, “Said he was happy to have me on campus when I came and he [will see me in] July.”
As aforementioned, Mickey also recently took a visit to Louisville’s archrival, Kentucky. He shared his thoughts on UK head coach John Calipari from while he was on the trip.
“He was excited to have me on campus to look around [and he was] . . . proud of all the things that he accomplished,” Mickey said.
The Lone Star State prospect also touched on the head coach of the team that Kentucky beat to win the 2012 national championship, Kansas.
“Coach [Bill] Self, I like his attitude and I like what he stands for,” Mickey said, adding, “[He] wants to win.”