After finishing up his unofficial visit to Arkansas on Monday, five-star power forward Jordan Mickey is ready to declare the Razorbacks a legitimate option for his signature this fall.
Mickey (6-7, 190) – a 2013 prospect from Arlington (Texas) Grace Preparatory Academy that has over 30 offers - spent part of Sunday and Monday in Fayetteville checking out the program and left impressed.
"I was really impressed with the facilities they have now – and the ones they are planning on having - and also the coaches and everything the Arkansas program had to offer," Mickey said. "It was really a great visit and I am glad we made the trip so I could check it out."
Mickey, who Scout.com ranks as the 21st best prospect overall in the 2013 class and the sixth-best power forward, is high on Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson.
"Coach Anderson is a great coach and has a great staff that I really enjoyed being around," Mickey said. "I got to see the arena and the academic center, which is very impressive. I'm also excited about the practice facility that they want to build. That's a big thing to be able to develop as much as you can these days."
One thing that certainly appealed to Mickey – who plans to major in engineering and knows Arkansas has a great program in that field - is Anderson's fast-tempo style of play.
"I think that is what best fits me, four out and one in and taking advantage of getting up and down the court as soon as possible," Mickey said. "It's an exciting style of basketball and why Coach Anderson has had so much success."
"Coach Anderson has a definite plan for me and thinks I can come in and play right away," Mickey added. "He's not really looking for anybody to come in and sit."
Mickey has starred this spring and summer for the Urban DFW AAU squad and also shined at the recent NBPA Top 100 camp that was attended by both he and Arkansas 2013 commit Bobby Portis (6-9, 225) of Little Rock Hall.
"I think I am shooting the ball real well right now and also like the way I am handling it," Mickey said. "I need to keep working on my defese and just try to get better at everything."
Mickey has been to see several programs this spring and summer.
"As far as my schools, I have been to see Louisville, Ohio State, West Virginia and now Arkansas of course and those are on my list along with SMU, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Missouri," Mickey said. "I am going to narrow that down in August."
The trip certainly helped Arkansas' chances to still be around after the cut down according to Mickey.
"Definitely this trip really helped Arkansas," Mickey said. "I was just very impressed with everything and I am leaving knowing that this is a place I am definitely going to give a lot of consideration."
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