Mickey Enjoys SMU Visit

Four-star power forward recently visited SMU and thinks highly of new head coach Larry Brown. Is he close to pulling the trigger?

Top-40 2013 basketball prospect Jordan Mickey and his father, James Wright, were on campus to take in The Boulevard and the SMU football game against Texas A&M this past weekend. Both came away extremely impressed with the campus, Larry Brown and where the SMU basketball program is headed.

"It went great," Wright said. "We went to the football game and saw the spirit of SMU. It was great seeing that, growing up here in Dallas, that SMU is coming back."

Mickey and Wright were able to spend a lot of time with the SMU coaching staff and understand just how much they want Mickey to be a part of the rebuilding process at SMU.

"Coach Brown is awesome. It was really great to see him and hang out with him," Wright said. "It was mostly dinners and meals. We had an opportunity to go in his office and talk about him (Mickey), and he asked if there were any questions we had."

Brown ashowed Mickey and Wright a video of his Hall of Fame coaching career, showcasing his relationships with top players and great coaches he tutored. Wright said Brown loves the way Mickey plays and how he would fit really well into his style of play. Brown expressed his interest in coaching Mickey, but did not want to pressure him into a decision.

"Right now SMU is very high on our list, and I thought they did an excellent job," Wright said. "I called Coach Brown that night and told him I don't think they could have done anything better."

Mickey and Wright have another visit scheduled to Oklahoma State and have visited LSU as well. Mickey's top five also includes Arkansas and Ohio State.

"We are taking another visit to Oklahoma State, but we are getting close and hopefully we will have his plans finalized by the end of the month," Wright said.

While Mickey has other visits scheduled, Wright said that they will be on the Hilltop quite frequently to become even more familiar with SMU and the direction the program is headed under Brown.

"Just getting to know the staff better is a priority," Wright said. "We're going to be dropping in, getting to know the program better and going to practices and skill sessions."

Mickey would be a huge addition to the SMU class as a four-star player, who would fit nicely into Brown's plan for the Mustangs. Mickey could be a program changer if he commits and may play a big factor in the recruitment of five-star 2014 point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

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