Whilte Elizabethtown (Ky.) John Hardin small forward Mickey Pearson is among a talented crop of in-state players in the class of 2018 that is seeing his stock rise in recent months, Western Kentucky has had him on their radar for months.
Playing alongside the nation's No. 3 overall prospect in New Albany, Ind., guard Romeo Langford with Twenty-Two Vision on the adidas Guanlet circuit, Pearson has benefited from the additional exposure and efforts required to perform on such a high-profile AAU squad.
"It's fun playing against the best competition in the country," he said. "Competing everyday in practice. Competing every time you go out on the circuit, so you can get better to compete during the high school season."
The 6-foot-6 swing player holds multiple scholarship offers, including Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Ball State and Samford, with a host of others now expressing an interest.
"It's fun," he said of the recruiting process. "I'm enjoying it right now."
The Hilltoppers staff was the first to contact Pearson and extend a scholarship offer and he remains in frequent contact with assistant Shammond Williams.
"I have a real good relationship with Coach Williams," he told WKU Insider. "He calls me almost every day to see how I'm doing."
He's already made one visit at WKU and will make a return visit soon to participate in the team camp.
"It was real nice," he said. "I got to meet all the coaches and I got to shoot a couple shots in the gym. They showed me around and I had a real nice time."
Pearson currently claims no favorites and is considering the possibility of making his college choice prior to the start of his senior season.
"(I'm thinking about the) end of the summer before my senior year, ideally, but you never now."
As a junior, Pearson was honored as the Elizabethtown News Enterprise Player of the Year and was an All-State honorable mention selection.