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Jordan Mickey to stay at LSU for sophomore year!

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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SouthOfSouth - 6 months ago
The issue with Morgan is he wont be able to play till January... Plus not getting the offseason practice he needed to jump to next level player sucks. His best option is redshirt. Now if that means transfer and redshirt or stay here and redshirt IDK.
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tigers32 - 6 months ago
Yeah just a tough situation. Morgan's had a rough go as a Tiger.
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Alt26 - 6 months ago
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If Patterson qualifies, I think Morgan transfers. I'd hate to see that happen though.


That's kind of the feeling I get as well. You want to see all of the guys succeed, but the reality is that next year's backcourt will be pretty full:

Hickey
TQ
Gray
Hornsby
Patterson
Morgan

Hickey is a Sr. so he's likely not going anywhere. Gray and Hornsby didn't sign/transfer to LSU only to leave without playing a minute. Same thing with Patterson as an incoming Fr. Really that just leaves TQ and Morgan as I don't see any of the post guys leaving
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SouthOfSouth - 6 months ago
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One thing Morgan did well was to be a force in the press.


Only problem I have with Morgan in the press is his feet sometimes get lazy and he gives up a few too many blocking fouls in the press.

My only problem with possibly losing Morgan is who do we have to backup Gray and Hornsby? Still, Morgan won't be ready to go till January if Coach's timeline is right. That will make it tough for him to be effective. Especially when he had a lot to improve as is.
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Lonnie4LSU - 6 months ago
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I've thoroughly enjoyed watching him run the point for 3 years and coming upon his 4th.


He's the best we have had in the last couple yrs, but he has to penetrate and shoot the ball better. When your guy handling the ball is shooting FT's under 60% and FG's under 40%, your team is going to have some struggles reaching that next level.

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Tiger Ugly - 6 months ago
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Losing Morgan might be the least hurt of anyone though


One thing Morgan did well was to be a force in the press. Other than Coleman, no one was more important to it's success.

And given that pressing was really the only thing we did close to well defensively last year, I think his loss was significant.

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tigers32 - 6 months ago
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I had high hopes for Morgan this season to see some major improvement but he noticeably got worse.

It seemed like he was in a shooting slump all season. He's a better shooter than he showed last year though.
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SouthOfSouth - 6 months ago
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I can see Darby not coming back if he has been homesick and didn't enjoy the Louisiana atmosphere as he surely didn't have a good first year or get much playing time.


Darcy actually has transitioned really well. Has good friends here and seems to be enjoying himself.
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thunderbird1100 - 6 months ago
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If Patterson qualifies, I think Morgan transfers. I'd hate to see that happen though.


Losing Morgan might be the least hurt of anyone though. We have Gray and Hornsby to man the 2 next season and they are both better than Morgan. I had high hopes for Morgan this season to see some major improvement but he noticeably got worse.
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drizztiger - 6 months ago
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JOB was never a crutch. He carried that offense when everyone else was afraid to be aggressive and score.
Of course he was a crutch at times. To think otherwise is silly.

When JoB was off or defended well, the offense stayed the same. In those times, quite often, he didn't have the ability to pass out and instead kept the ball low and resulted in a TO.
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tigers32 - 6 months ago
If Patterson qualifies, I think Morgan transfers. I'd hate to see that happen though.
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RBWilliams8 - 6 months ago
Hell yes
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Tom Bronco - 6 months ago
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I just don't see anyone taking a walk-on spot. I know a lot of people like the idea of Hammink doing so, but I doubt it happens.
So assuming all the freshmen qualify, who goes? I can see Darby not coming back if he has been homesick and didn't enjoy the Louisiana atmosphere as he surely didn't have a good first year or get much playing time. Hammink would be the same thing I suppose. Don't know what CJJ feels about Bridgewater since we didn't get to see him play.
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Alt26 - 6 months ago
Mickey and (especially) Martin seem to have just scratched the surface as to what type of players they can become. Gray and Hornsby (though not for LSU) both have performed well at the D-1 level. Add in a 3 year starter at PG who has had his share of big moments at LSU, and on paper this looks like a team that should do well in the SEC.

Next year's schedule is not out so it's unfair to predict records. However, with the expected make up of the SEC next year there is NO REASON this team shouldn't be at minimum in the top-5 of the conf. UK and UF will still sit at the top going into the season, but outside of maybe Ark., no one else will have as much talent as LSU. I lost a ton of faith in the coaching staff this past season, but they will once again have a great opportunity to make some noise in the SEC next season. Can they get it done is the question.
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LSU=Champions - 6 months ago
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Plus I like the idea of having a 3rd year player at PG next year after Hickey graduates.


We're really going to miss him once he graduates. I've thoroughly enjoyed watching him run the point for 3 years and coming upon his 4th.
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SouthOfSouth - 6 months ago
well it felt like he was better. :lol:

I still think those are things that he can fix. I mean Stringer improved his 3 point shot almost 10% in a year. Quarterman can do similar if he works hard. Not saying he will, but I like what he brings. Plus I like the idea of having a 3rd year player at PG next year after Hickey graduates.

Last 5 games:

3pt% - 33.3%
Fg% - 37.5%
FT% - 75%
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atltiger6487 - 6 months ago
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The last month of the season he [Quarterman] was much better shooting and finishing around rim


Not really.

Since Feb. 15

7-29 (24.1%) FG
3-13 (23.1%) 3-pt
3-4 (75%) FT

Since Feb. 1

10-38 (26.3) FG
4-18 (22.2%) 3-pt
5-8 (62.5%) FT
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SouthOfSouth - 6 months ago
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He can't finish at the rim and has no consistent jump shot.


The last month of the season he was much better shooting and finishing around rim, but his biggest worth is his ability to drive to the lane and pass out.

You can easily get better at finishing at the rim with work. Same with free throws.
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atltiger6487 - 6 months ago
I don't know what people are seeing in Quarterman to make them think he's going to be special. He was good on D, but below average on offense. He can't finish at the rim and has no consistent jump shot.

So he's an OK player, but nothing special. Sure, he can develop and improve, but from what I saw this past year, he's not enough of an offensive threat.

26% FG
21% 3-pointers
55% free throws
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ProjectP2294 - 6 months ago
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So, it's a grades issue? Or disciplinary?


He was suspended for disciplary issues. But may not make it due to academic issues.
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tigers32 - 6 months ago
So, it's a grades issue? Or disciplinary? I don't think Patterson's a huge loss, but it does put the staff in more of a hunt for guards. Chad Lott's recruitment would probably heat up.
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SouthOfSouth - 6 months ago
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Patterson was never in the line up because he was always suspended for one reason or another.


Yea. I liked him in the 1 game I saw him, but besides that he never played.
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ProjectP2294 - 6 months ago
My reasoning on Patterson is that Montverde was on TV like 6 times this year, yet Patterson was never in the line up because he was always suspended for one reason or another.
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tigers32 - 6 months ago
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I personally would prefer Quarterman stay around and wouldn't be too broken up about Patterson not qualifying, but that's just me.

I feel the same way. I think he could be special as a junior/senior starter for this program. Still would like to keep Patterson though.
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SouthOfSouth - 6 months ago
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I personally would prefer Quarterman stay around and wouldn't be too broken up about Patterson not qualifying, but that's just me.


no its not. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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