Although its clear that Jonesboro Westside's Hunter Mickelson is well on his way to being one of the country's elite players, he admits he got a little nervous on Friday night.
That came when he and some fellow 2011 prospects – all from Arkansas – got a chance to play against some current Razorbacks at the UA's Elite Camp – which continues through Sunday.
That meant that Mickelson (6-9, 175) would go up against Michael Washington (6-10, 236), Michael Sanchez (6-9, 235), Andre Clark (6-10, 225) and Brandon Moore (6-9, 220).
"It was fun, but I was kind of sweating it a little bit," Mickelson said. "I thought I was about to get dunked on a lot. But I ended up doing okay. They are very good and very athletic. I was very impressed."
Mickelson, who has a great skill set for a guy his size, was impressive himself as he has been this spring and summer.
That's why he has offers from Arkansas, Kentucky and Ole Miss to show for it.
"It makes you feel great to get reward for your hard work," said Mickelson, who averaged 15.5 points, 9 rebounds and 5.5 blocks while playing high school basketball as a ninth grader this past season.
Because of some special circumstances, Mickelson will not be making a decision on his college any time soon as his Arkansas Wings AAU teammate Aaron Ross did with choosing the Razorbacks.
"It will probably be two years or so," Mickelson said. "My dad is over in Iraq and I want him in the decision whenever I make it."
Mickelson thinks his game has greatly improved this spring and summer.
"I think my inside post game has really improved," Mickelson said. "Some of the coaches have said they see me doing stuff now inside that I wasn't doing two months ago. Stuff like pump faking and getting guys up in the air and then making my move, being quicker with my feet and having a better outside shot."
Mickelson is part of an absolutely loaded 2011 class in Arkansas that could have as many as 10 high Division I players in it.
"We have a good lineup coming up in our class, a bunch of athletic kids – Aaron Ross and all those guys," Mickelson said.
He helped lead the Wings to a Final Four berth in the Super Showcase and a solid performance while playing up in the 16-and-under national championship tournament.
"We knew we had to come out and play hard and play together as a team to get far in the tournaments," Mickelson said. "We did that pretty well and all of our outside shooters came together and hit some big outside shots. We beat some of the best teams in the country."
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