HYATTSVILLE, Md. – With Isaiah Austin, Emmanual Mudiay, Jelon Hornbeak and others on the Grace Prep (Texas) roster, it might be hard for a player to break out.
For Jordan Mickey, the increased attention to the team enabled him to demonstrate his skills on a bigger stage.
“I was able to show what I can do,” Mickey said.
Mickey, a 6-foot-8 forward, is one of the fastest-rising players in the class of 2013. The hype surrounding him has been increasing throughout the fall and he backed it up with his performance at the National High School Hoops Festival against Oak Hill Academy (Va.). Mickey is very athletic and can run the floor extremely well. He knows how to finish at the rim, and his length enables him to be a factor on the glass. Mickey can also block shots well.
Against Oak Hill, he was the one Grace Prep player who took his game to a new level.
“My team needed me to step up in the second half,” Mickey said. “I needed to be more aggressive, grab more rebounds, step up on defense.”
Although Grace Prep lost, Mickey solidified himself as a lock to be in the next Top 100 when it’s released later in the season. Once he adds weight and refines his offensive game – all things he is working on – he is going to be a major talent.
Mickey currently has offers from Texas A&M, Kansas, Providence and Houston, with interest coming from Texas.
For someone who loves to run the floor and make plays in transition, it’s no surprise as to what he’s looking for in a school.
“One that lets you get up and down,” Mickey said.