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LSU brings in some great talent from this years recruiting class, but Coach Jones biggest victory came when Jordan Mickey told us that he would stay at LSU for his sophomore season. As a freshman he was able to make the freshman All-SEC team with his 12.7 points, 7.9 rebound and 3.1 blocks per game. He also led LSU with 32.8 minutes per game.

At 6'8" tall, he isn't the tallest guy in the lane, but Mickey was a force defensively utilizing his ability to get off the floor quickly and controlling his body. He was only the second player in LSU history to record over 100 blocks in a season putting him in impressive company (Shaq). Still, Jordan Mickey came back to LSU to develop some of his skills to prepare him for the NBA.

While Mickey was able to be very effective as a freshman there are portions of his game that had room for improvement. As he stated, he wanted to work on his footwork. With his ability to elevate quickly, adding improved footwork is a lethal combination of quickness. Spreading the floor will also be key for Mickey, so his midrange shot was an area of concentration during the off season as well.

Still, trying to find areas that need improving is really a reach. If Mickey continues his natural progression, we will be looking at a star for LSU this coming year.

What to expect from Jordan Mickey:

Jordan was recently named 1st team Preseason All-SEC team. You can expect the best power forward in the SEC this year to be at LSU. While he doesn't have dominant post moves, he finds himself in good scoring positions often. Whether it is an offensive rebound putback, a midrange jumper, or an ally-oop on a fast break, Mickey will find ways to score.

Defensively, Jordan Mickey is a shot blocking master. The #Blockparty continues at LSU. While Mickey loves using help defense to swat shots, his quick elevation allows him to block his own oppositions shots as well. Mickey needs to improve when he goes for the block versus when he sets up for the rebound, but that comes with experience.

With LSU adding a point guard who has the ability to get into the lane, Mickey could be the beneficiary of some added lob passes this year. One thing that you are certain to get with Jordan Mickey is excitement.

Geaux Tigers!

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Elbert or Odo tomorrow?

I'll have Elbert on Monday. I'll have a preview out every day Mon-Thurs till our first game.
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Elbert or Odo tomorrow?
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