Kansas stands out for 2013 PF

Class of 2013 prospects have been popping up all over the Kansas radar in recent weeks, and one of the first to register a blip was Richardson (TX) Berkner power forward Jordan Mickey.

Long and lean at 6-foot-7 and 190 pounds, Mickey has a reputation as an explosive athlete with enormous upside - though his skill level appears to have taken significant steps forward this summer as well.

"The power forward prospect is a good athlete, but more so than that is very skilled," wrote Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow on July 11, describing Mickey's performance on Day 2 of the Great American Shootout. "He finishes well with either hand around the rim, rebounds in traffic and has the fundamentals down as well. He always holds the ball high, uses nice footwork and is just very productive."

Prior to the start of the first NCAA evaluation period in July, Mickey took an unofficial visit to the University of Kansas with teammate Karviar Shepherd, from which he came away with an offer.

"The visit went great," he said. "All the facilities and everything are top of the line, especially the gym. The campus is beautiful, they have great coaches and great players."

Recently, the four-star prospect named Kansas as the leader at this stage in his recruitment. The Jayhawks hold that status for a couple of reasons.

"Just their background and history, what they've done," Mickey said. "The championships they've won and the players they have in the NBA."

Kansas is far from the only program recruiting him, however. Several high major programs are keeping tabs on him. Mickey listed Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Providence, Arkansas and Alabama among those who currently stand out - in addition to Kansas - and claims offers from all but Arkansas.

This is a time of year when many prospects are looking to schedule visits for the latter summer and fall, but at least for the moment, Mickey's schedule remains clear - though he did mention a return visit to Kansas seemed likely.

"I don't have any planned right now," he said. "But I will later on."


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