Patient Mickelson

Jonesboro Westside forward Hunter Mickelson (6-10, 195), who was on display in the Real Deal In the Rock this weekend, led his team to a state title this season and may wait until next spring to make a decision.

LITTLE ROCK – While many of the nation's top players are planning to sign letters-of-intent during the early period in November, Jonesboro Westside forward Hunter Mickelson may not be in such a rush.

Mickelson (6-10, 195), who was on display this weekend with the Arkansas Wings at the Real Deal in the Rock, has pondered taking his time and waiting until the spring of 2011 before making a choice.

"I'm am just trying to find the right pick and the best fit for me," Mickelson said. "I am just kind of waiting to see if anything else comes along. I couldn't tell you that I am for sure, but it's something I am thinking about."

Two schools are definitely in the mix for Mickelson, who averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.

"I will probably take official visits to Arkansas and Ole Miss," Mickelson said. "I haven't really thought about any of the others."

He also has offers from Baylor and Florida and interest from Tennessee, Georgia Tech and others.

Arkansas fans are hoping that the Razorbacks can land Mickelson and a few of his teammates such as UA commit Aaron Ross, East Poinsett County's Rashad Madden and Little Rock Hall's David Rivers.

"We talk about it and joke about it," Mickelson said. "But mostly we are going about it as individual decisions."

Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey has been recruiting Mickelson for a full two years now. The prospect believes the Razorbacks are about to break through and the coach needs some patience from the fans.

"I think they are going to be headed into a pretty good spot," Mickelson said. "I like their staff. Everybody knows what they are doing. You just have to give him (Pelphrey) some time. Not everything is going to go their way the first couple of years. They need to give him a break."

He certainly hears from Razorback fans that want him to head to Fayetteville for college.

"There is a little bit of pressure," Mickelson said. "People around here they are definite Hog fans. Whenever they talk about it or whenever I hear about it, it is ‘you need to go to Arkansas. You need to go to Arkansas.'"

The Wings went 3-2 this weekend in the Real Deal, opening with a 117-107 win over the Compton Magic Friday night in a game that was televised to a lot of the state.

Mickelson had 17 in that game as the Wings rallied for the win in a game that had two 20-minute halves.

"It was a great atmosphere and we took a lot of pride in winning that game," Mickelson said.

The Wings – who split four games Saturday - downed the Memphis Magic 62-61 in a hotly contested game Saturday night before running out of gas and falling 68-49 to the Nashville Celtics in a game that ousted them from the event.

Mickelson led his Westside squad to its first state title this season.

"The state championship is like the end of the road," Mickelson said. "Us getting there for the first time in school history was definitely a big accomplishment."

He believes his game is coming along every day.

"I thought I did pretty good," Mickelson said. "I helped guys out probably as much as I could have and my 15-footer is getting a little bit better and so is my ball-handing."


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