Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com tweeted that LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey is leaning, perhaps double-leaning, toward the NBA draft.
Goodman tweeted: “LSU sophomore big man Jordan Mickey is leaning towards leaning for the NBA Draft, sources told ESPN.”
A tearful Mickey said after LSU’s 66-65 loss to North Carolina State in the second round of the NCAA tournament Thursday night that he would talk with his family and consult with LSU coach Johnny Jones before making any decision on his future.
Mickey, a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection by the coaches and The Associated Press, led the league in rebounding with 9.9 per game and topped the nation with 3.6 blocked shots per game.
He also ranked second in the conference in scoring this season with 15.4 points per game while connecting on 50.4 percent of his field-goal attempts.
“I don’t have a time frame on that right now,” Mickey said of the draft after the N.C. State loss, nearly echoing comments made by fellow sophomore forward Jarell Martin. “Whenever I decide to think about it, that’s something I’ll talk about with the coaching staff and my family and make the best decision I can.”
Mickey is ranked by CBSSports.com as the 57th overall prospect.
In a couple of mock drafts, both he and Martin are projected as early second-round picks.
NBADraft.net has Mickey going with the second pick of the second round, 32nd overall, to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Martin going on the next pick to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Sam Vecenie of CBSSports.com has Martin going 35th to Philadelphia and Mickey being chosen with the 38th pick to the Utah Jazz.