LSU's Jordan Mickey Declares for NBA Draft

LSU sophomore Jordan Mickey has decided to forego his two final seasons of eligibility and declare for the 2015 NBA Draft. Mickey discussed his decision with TSD's Ben Love.

A second LSU underclassmen has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

TSD has confirmed with James Wright Sr., the father of Jordan Mickey, that the All-SEC sophomore forward will forego his final two seasons of eligibility and leave LSU for professional basketball.

Mickey, a native of Dallas, joins Jarell Martin as an early entrant into the NBA Draft. Martin announced his intentions last week during a press conference.

On what helped him to make the decision, Mickey told TSD: "My play throughout the year, before I got injured, I was playing at a high level. I was leading the nation in blocks. I was top three in the conference in scoring at the time, top 10 in rebounding in the country. I was playing pretty good. I just felt with the way I was playing I showed I'm capable of making the transition to the NBA."

In his sophomore season Mickey posted averages of 15.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.6 blocks.

He's making the leap from LSU after consultation with his inner-circle, but Mickey indicated he has not received the results yet from an evaluation he put in for last week from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

"We're still waiting for the results. But I've had outside people help me make the decision," Mickey said. "I feel I'm a first-round player. The people in my circle have confidence in me and they know what I'm capable of and what I can bring to the table for a team."

Mickey has not hired an agent but plans to do so in the near future.

He also offered an outlook on the LSU program moving forward without himself or Martin.

"I feel they have a bright future ahead of them," explained Mickey. "Tim Quarterman, he's a great player, coming into his own now as a point guard. So he'll definitely be a big part of the team. With Ben (Simmons) and Antonio (Blakeney) coming in, two high-profile players, the program can't help but continue to get better."

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