Mickey reflects on joining Shaq block club

Sophomore Jordan Mickey has posted an eye-popping amount of rejections since arriving on campus. Recently he reflected on becoming only the second Tiger ever, next to Shaquille O'Neal, to block more than 100 shots in multiple seasons at LSU.

With Jordan Mickey it can, and often does, happen when you least expect it.

LSU's sensational sophomore shot-blocker, who leads all of college basketball with an average of 3.7 swats a game, entered the Tigers' ballgame at Auburn on Tuesday two blocks shy of 100 for the season.

He went the entire first half without a rejection, a rarity. Then Mickey struck.

First at the 18:05 mark of the second half ... then, 30 seconds later, again, on Auburn's next trip down the floor. Within a few minutes, at the 14:18 mark, Mickey sent back his third War Eagle shot in less than four minutes, giving the Dallas native 101 blocks for the campaign, one that's still only 27 games old.

The bigger-picture accomplishment is that Mickey, who swatted away 106 shots in 34 games as a freshman, has consecutive seasons topping the century mark. He's the second player in the history of the program, joining Shaquille O'Neal, to author multiple 100-block seasons at LSU.

"I feel like it's a great accomplishment," Mickey told TSD Thursday, looking back. "Not a lot of guys can say they've done it. To be mentioned in a category with the great Shaquille O'Neal is a great compliment."

O'Neal at his local golf tournament in 2013
Shaq, who during his stay in Baton Rouge was listed at 7-foot-1 and 294 pounds, actually turned the trick in three straight years.

The inimitable force of nature totaled 115 blocks in 32 games as a freshman in 1989-90, 140 blocks in 28 games as a sophomore in 1990-91, and a whopping 157 blocks in 30 games in his junior season of 1991-92. For his efforts, The Diesel was recognized as a two-time consensus SEC Player of the Year and First-Team All-American as well as the National Player of the Year in 1991.

"I couldn't even imagine what he was like here when he was younger and more athletic," said Mickey with a telling smile.

Mickey, listed at 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds, has much different physical dimensions than Shaq. The power forward's wing span, listed by coach Johnny Jones as near 7-foot-6, helps, but Mickey admitted his path to buku blocks has been drastically different than O'Neal's.

"Mine probably has a little more to do with timing and everything," he explained. "Not being 7-foot, I have to time some things a little more. Shaq was able to use his height and his size a little better than I have."

Watch the video interview below for even more from Mickey on his latest feat and how LSU is coming together defensively down the stretch of the 2014-15 season.

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