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At a press conference called by LSU, Jordan Mickey announced his intentions to remain at LSU and forego the NBA draft after his freshman season.

After discussing his future with his parents, and coaches as well as taking into account his NBA evaluation, Mickey has decided it is in his best interest to resume his basketball career at LSU for the upcoming season.

Jordan Mickey was Freshman All-SEC this year and on the Defensive All-SEC team. He averaged 32.8 minutes per game in which he recorded 12.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He also led the SEC with 3.1 blocks per game.

He joins some other big name SEC players to forego the draft and stay in school including UK's Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress.

Mickey says he has to get bigger, stronger, and faster before making the jump to the NBA. He also cites his confidence in LSU for next season, saying the Tigers "can go pretty far next year."

Coming into college, Mickey never thought this would be a decision he would have to make. :I just came here wanting to help my team win." With the return of both Mickey and Martin, LSU will have a formidable front court next season. They will also bring in Aaron Epps and Elbert Robinson, two highly rated high school athletes while also having Odo and Malone from the current team.
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Hell yes
Reply32 months
NBA said the same thing I said - not strong enough. Look at games and it is obvious. Outmuscled on rebounds and when he was trying for a putback. His great defense was mainly off ball when he blocked a shot after one of his teammates let their guy get by for a drive. He also benefitted on offense a huge amount from playing with JOB. With all those double and triple teams on JOB he got a lot of easy shots.

I go with the three guard lineup. If we are going to really run it makes sense. It is amazing that so many basketball fans are clueless about two things. Simmons doesn't come next year and we only lose three but have four coming in so someone else has to go.

My question is if CJJ redshirts Malik Morgan does that count against the 13 limit?
Reply32 months
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I go with the three guard lineup. If we are going to really run it makes sense. It is amazing that so many basketball fans are clueless about two things. Simmons doesn't come next year and we only lose three but have four coming in so someone else has to go.


That's my mentality. The only problem I have with it is who backs up those players? Q at PG but besides that, we dont really have many options. Bridgewater possibly at 3 but that's the same as having Martin at 3. There will be times we have 3 guards but it may not be prominent.
32 months
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My question is if CJJ redshirts Malik Morgan does that count against the 13 limit?


Yes. Unless, for some reason, he agrees to pay his own way and is considered a walk-on.
32 months
Holy crap. 103 comments!
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:nana: :bow:
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:nana:
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2015-2016 Starting Lineup

Mickey
Simmons
Martin
Hornsby
Gray

final four or bust! :nana: :nana: :nana:
32 months
AWESOME! Very happy to be getting Mickey back.

:geauxtigers:
Reply32 months
Good news. The team looks like they'll have some good pieces next season.

JoB was great but I'm hopeful LSU will be able to open up the paint and the offense more next season.
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JoB was great but I'm hopeful LSU will be able to open up the paint and the offense more next season.
JoB was a good player, but the offense flowing through him was hit or miss. Depended on the opponent and his focus that game. It was very good when it worked and terrible when it didn't.

Not having that crutch should make the offense better overall. You hate to lose a good player, but I think the offense will be much more consistent and flexible next season.

32 months
Boom! Final 4 or bust!
Reply32 months
:geauxtigers:
32 months
Best front court in the nation next season, book it
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Best front court in the nation next season, book it


If Jarrell Martin learns how to play defense then maybe one of the best in the SEC, but the nation......nah
32 months
Thank you Jordan.


:geauxtigers:
Reply32 months
Why would he think that going to the NBA would be a good decision? He has everything to gain by staying at LSU for at least another year. This guy was in no way ready for the NBA. I cant believe that him skipping his sophomore season was even an option.
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Why would he think that going to the NBA would be a good decision?

He obviously didn't...
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This guy was in no way ready for the NBA.

Yeah, and he's not going to the NBA. The NBA drafts largely on potential. Which is something he possesses.
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I cant believe that him skipping his sophomore season was even an option.

Well, it was. He got his evaluation and thought better of it.
32 months
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Why would he think that going to the NBA would be a good decision? He has everything to gain by staying at LSU for at least another year. This guy was in no way ready for the NBA. I cant believe that him skipping his sophomore season was even an option.



He has already said he was staying but never said he was going pro, people started assuming it.

But to answer your question...MONEY
32 months
:geauxtigers: :geauxtigers: :geauxtigers:
Reply32 months
I mean no mention of Ben Simmons coming in?
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I mean no mention of Ben Simmons coming in?



2015.
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I mean no mention of Ben Simmons coming in?


He's 2015 guy. Not next year.
32 months
Dro
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:lsu: :lsu: :lsu:
:geauxtigers: :geauxtigers:
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:nana: :nana: :nana:
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:geauxtigers: :nana: :dude: :cool: :cheers:
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:nana:
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:nana: :nana:
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Where the heck was he going to go? Europe?
Reply32 months
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Where the heck was he going to go? Europe?


Possibly. Maybe D-League and look for a few 10 day contracts. Either way, glad he's coming back.
32 months
dodged the bullet on this one
Reply32 months
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