Jordan Mickey 'good,' will play on Tuesday

Sophomore forward Jordan Mickey declared his ankle "100 percent" after he missed the first game of his LSU career Saturday. Coach Johnny Jones confirmed Mickey will play Tuesday night versus UMass.

For the first time in 40 possible games, sophomore forward Jordan Mickey didn't take the floor for LSU (4-2) on Saturday night during the Tigers' 83-72 win over McNeese State.

His absence will be short-lived as Mickey told reporters Monday afternoon his ankle is in good shape.

"I'm good. Everything's fine," said Mickey, somewhat amused at all the attention this has received. "I've been practicing. Coach wanted me out there to do a little something, just to make sure it's all good. My ankle's 100 percent. I'm ready to go."

A second-team All-SEC performer a year ago as a true freshman, Mickey has started this campaign with a bang, leading LSU in scoring (17.8 ppg), rebounding (10.0 rpg) and rejections (1.8 bpg).

His return in time for Tuesday night's home game versus Massachusetts (5-2), something head coach Johnny Jones confirmed, will give the Tigers a big lift.

"Coming off a weekend without Jordan Mickey, we're glad to have him back," explained Jones. "He'll be back in uniform and ready to play on Tuesday."

Mickey originally tweaked the ankle in practice on Tuesday of last week and was content heeding Jones' advice to sit out the McNeese State game as a precautionary measure.

"I was a little surprised," Mickey said of Jones' decision to rest him, "but Coach just said he didn't want to take any chances of me re-injuring it. He'd rather me sit out and wait for Tuesday and Thursday. I listened to him. I trust his judgment, and I did what he said."

Now his attention turns to the Minutemen, a team - albeit one with a lot of new faces - that nipped LSU in last season's opener in Amherst, 92-90.

"They're an extremely athletic team," recalled Mickey. "They're fast-paced and they have an extremely good big man inside (in Cady Lalanne). They like to get the ball down the court and they can shoot the ball well. It will be a great game for us."

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