One of the most impressive prospects from among the prep ranks during the 2011-2012 season thus far has been Arlington (TX) Grace Prep's Jordan Mickey.
A 6-foot-7, 190-pound combo forward, Mickey plays on one of the more talented teams in the country, with a frontline featuring fellow Class of 2013 standout Karviar Shepherd and five-star senior Isaiah Austin.
Rather than get lost in the shuffle, Mickey has flourished. Recently, he and his teammates competed at the Flyin' to the Hoop Invitational in Kettering, Ohio, and Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow had this to say about his play on the event's final day:
"A big time athlete, Mickey showed that off with two dunks, and then also rebounded fairly well. What was good to see was Mickey hitting a face-up 15-foot jumper, and then also running the floor and blocking shots. He is still refining his game, but the upside is huge and the improvements he has made in a short time are quite impressive."
Naturally, such productivity - aided and abetted by the glowing reviews - have drawn major interest to the junior forward, and programs such as Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M were all on him early.
In August, Mickey told Phog.net the Jayhawks were standing out from among the pack, due to the program's "background and history."
"The championships they've won," he explained. "And the players they have in the NBA."
Though he's been mostly silent during the season, focusing on the task at hand with the rest of the Lions, Grace Prep head coach Ray Forsett said he's still high on the Jayhawks.
However, at this stage in the process he doesn't have a definitive top five or top 10.
"I talked to him this weekend," Forsett said. "He's open and looking to see what's the best fit for him and his family."
Kansas has certainly done its due diligence with Mickey on the recruiting trail. Forsett said Head Coach Bill Self and assistants Danny Manning and Kurtis Townsend had all made the trip to Arlington at some point to check in.
"They like him a lot," he said. "He has a high upside. He's been great for us. He's a highly athletic kid that's explosive. What you can say about Jordan Mickey is that he's explosive."
"He's stepped up and worked on his perimeter game," Forsett added. "And that's where he's improved the most."