LSU big man Jordan Mickey is following teammate Jarell Martin to the NBA. Mickey announced via text message on Tuesday that he’s leaving Baton Rouge after two seasons, according to Randy Rosetta of The Times-Picayune.
After a solid year as a freshman, Mickey returned to LSU and had an even better second season. The 6’8 forward nearly averaged a double-double, putting up 15.4 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game while shooting 50.4 percent from the field. Not only did he nearly average a double-double, but he was a prolific shot-blocker, swatting 3.6 shots per game.
Mickey dealt with some injuries throughout the season, but he only missed two games and played well despite the health issues. Mickey and Martin formed one of the more formidable frontcourt duos in the country, and they helped LSU earn an NCAA Tournament berth. Unfortunately, the Tigers lost in the final seconds to N.C. State in the Round of 64. Mickey had 12 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in the loss.
Mickey is currently the No. 80 prospect on DraftExpress’ top 100 list, and he’s not in their mock draft. He’s a bit undersized for a power forward, although his 7’2 wingspan helps make up for that somewhat. However, his offensive game isn’t all that polished, and that could lead to him going undrafted.