Mickey: UofL 'tough act to follow'

Jordan Mickey plans to visit Kentucky, Ohio State, West Virginia, Missouri and Arkansas this month. But those school will have a "tough act to follow," after the five-star Arlington, TX forwards visit to Louisville this weekend, according to James Wright, Mickey's father.

Jordan Mickey plans to visit Kentucky, Ohio State, West Virginia, Missouri and Arkansas this month. But those school will have a "tough act to follow," after the five-star Arlington, TX forwards visit to Louisville this weekend, according to James Wright, Mickey's father.

Mickey, Scout.com's No. 21-ranked 2013 prospect, made the 13 hour drive from Texas to Louisville to check out Rick Pitino's program this weekend.

"It was a great school. Everything they had there was nice and the coaching staff was great," Mickey told InsideTheVille.com. "They have great players and it was just a nice place to be. The thing that stood out was the relationship that Coach Pitino had with his players and how they do their skill work during the offseason."

Wright told InsideTheVille.com that Louisville's facilities and coaching staff made a strong impression this weekend.

"It went great, we really enjoyed it," James Wright said. "We were very impressed with the facilities. The stadium, oh my gosh, I haven't seen very many professional stadiums that could top that. We enjoyed the time we spent with Coach Pitino and had an opportunity to watch them go through some skill sessions. The coaching staff was very informative and made us feel at home."

Mickey and his father were particularly interested in Pitino's plan to recruit him as a small forward.

"Several schools are recruiting Jordan as a 3/4," Wright said. "One of the things we were very interested in Coach Pitino is they are recruiting him strictly as a three and he shared with us some things he could do to help make Jordan a better three. That was something we were very interested in hearing."


Five-star SF Jordan Mickey, recruited by UofL assistant Wyking Jones, says that the Cardinals are a major factor in his recruitment.
Wright said his son prefers to play small forward in college.

"That's one of our preferences because we want him to become more of a complete player," Wright said. "We really did enjoy watching Coach Pitino work with the players. We saw him do some shooting skill stuff with the guys and trying to correct flaws. That's similar stuff with what we're doing with Jordan. For him to get in a similar situation could only make him a better player."

What did Mickey take away about Pitino's player development drills after watching individual workouts this weekend?

"Coac Pitino is a detail guy and coaches you on the little things….he wants everything to be perfect," said Mickey. "That's what I liked."

Most of Louisville's players are on campus this weekend and Mickey had a chance to get to know several current Cardinals.

"I felt like I fit in and felt comfortable around them," Mickey said. "All the guys welcomed me with open arms."

"He got to hang out with guys and talk to them," added Wright. "He got a good feel for the guys and what they think about Coach Pitino and his staff. Everybody had great things to say. He's an excellent coach and we were very impressed with his relationship with the kids on and off the court."

Louisville assistant Wyking Jones has developed a strong relationship with Mickey and his family and has been laying groundwork for the visit this spring.

"Wyking Jones is a big piece of the puzzle -- he's made Jordan and my family quite comfortable," said Wright. "I call him once or twice a week and just talk about the recruiting process and how Jordan would fit in.

"One of the impressive things about Wyking is that's he brutally honest and understands the process. Wyking and Coach Pitino both have informed us they would love for Jordan to play for Louisville. It's important for me as a dad to find someone I'm comfortable leaving my son with and Coach Pitino and Wyking both have great character, love kids and are very good at what they do."

With the Louisville visit wrapped up, Mickey is headed for visits to Kentucky and Ohio State. Mickey, who recently visited both LSU and SMU, also is planning to visit West Virginia, Arkansas, and Missouri in June.

"I'm hoping to narrow the list by the end of July," Wright said. "I want to him see as many campuses as we can right now. Then we'll come up with a short list and determine who that Tp 5 is going to be."

Where does Louisville factor into the mix?

"I'm not naming any top schools right now, but [Louisville] is definitely near the top of my list," Mickey said.

"Louisville is near the top," Wright added. "They're a great organization. We seen a couple of good [schools]. We've been to Kansas and SMU and those are great programs, but Louisville is going to be a tough act to follow. Louisville is high [on the list]. We don't want to say one, two, three, four, five right now, but Louisville is definitely up there at the top."

Wright said his son is trying to find the 'right' fit.

"We're looking for the best situation for Jordan, the rapoire that he feels with the coaches and whatever he's comfortable with," Wright said. "Whether that's SMU in the backyard or Louisville, which is a 13 hour drive, it's the best fit for him. We're doing our homework."


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