O’Bryant, Mickey sweeps SEC player of week honors

It was a good week for Johnny O’Bryant III.

Oh, and Jordan Mickey, too.

O’Bryant, a junior forward, was named the SEC player of the week after averaging 26 points and 9.0 rebounds in the Tigers’ wins over then-No. 11 Kentucky and Arkansas. Not to be outdone, Jordan Mickey was the conference’s freshman of the week.

O’Bryan’tsĀ 29 points in an 87-82 upset of the Wildcats last Tuesday was a season high. By following that performance up with 23 points and nine rebounds Saturday against the Razorbacks, O’Bryant notched his fifth-consecutive double-double. Over that stretch, he’s averaging 21.6 points per game and shooting over 58 percent from the floor.

Meanwhile, Mickey, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound freshman, posted averages of 18 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in wins against the Wildcats and Razorbacks. Against Arkansas, he scored 22 points and snagged 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double this season. Earlier in the week, Mickey had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks against Kentucky.

“They’ve really played well of each other,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said. “Both can handle the basketball, good passers, good decision makers out there on the floor, and they’ve done a tremendous job feeding off each other. Defensively, they’ve complemented each other. Both guys have done a good job walling people up and making people play up over the top of us. Certainly (they are) being good help side defenders.”