The LSU Tigers (6-2) shook off the rust after a long layoff since they last played on Dec. 1 in a win over the Butler Bulldogs to knock off the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks last night 61-54 behind another strong game from freshman forward Jordan Mickey.
LSU led by as many as 19 in the second half, but saw their giant lead dwindle in the final 4.5 minutes when they were held scoreless as they picked up the seven-point home win. The big lead was largely a result of the 6-8 freshman from Texas.
Mickey scored a career-high 25 points to lead all scorers and added nine rebounds, one assist and four blocks. Mickey is quickly establishing himself as one of the top rookies in college basketball this season.
He wasn’t as hyped as Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker or Kansas Jayhawks phenom Andrew Wiggins or any of the Kentucky Wildcats freshmen, but he’s been on their level thus far eight games into the season.
ESPN college basketball insider, Jeff Goodman ranks Mickey as the sixth best freshman in the country. Here’s what one NBA executive had to say about the talented LSU freshman forward via Goodman.
“He’s big and strong, and is a decent athlete. Mickey could be a solid role guy in the NBA because he’s got size, strength and is fairly versatile.”
I’d say that’s a fair comparison this early in the season and Mickey does need to improve in man-to-man defense, but just imagine how good Mickey will be in a month from now or in March during the SEC tournament and hopefully the NCAA tournament.
I think the comparison will be a little better than a “solid role guy” by season’s end.
You can see Mickey and his LSU teammates in action Wednesday at the Texas Tech Red Raiders where he will look to improve on his season stats of nearly 15 points per game, nine rebounds and four blocks.