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No. 25 prospect Jordan Mickey goes on unofficial visit tour

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

After a very good school season with Grace Prep (Tex.), four-star prospects Jordan Mickey shot up the rankings and emerged as one of the better forwards in the class of 2013.

Jordan Mickey is the No. 25-ranked overall prospect in the class of 2013. (Davide DePas)

Not surprisingly, his recruitment also picked up in a major way – and he's started to make progress with the process.

Recently, Mickey took trips to Louisville, Ohio State, Kentucky and West Virginia.

With the Cardinals, Mickey's athleticism and ability to make plays in transition could suit him well at Louisville. “There are great players out there,” he said.

His trip to Columbus came while the school was updating their facilities, but he was still able to take a tour.

“I went and saw the facilities, and they were remodeling,” Mickey said. “I saw the campus.”

Mickey also stopped at West Virginia, and had a chance to meet with the players and coaches.

“It was a great trip,” he said. “I got to work out with the guys, sat down with coach [Bob Huggins].”

After visiting Lexington in early June, Kentucky has emerged as a potentially intriguing option for Mickey.

“I could fit in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's spot as a hustle guy,” he said. “It makes it appealing.”

Those aren't the only schools in the mix for Mickey, as the 6-foot-7 prospect is also hearing from Providence, Kansas, Texas, Florida State, Florida, Missouri, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Arkansas. His performance at the NBPA Top 100 camp, where he averaged 7.6 points and 5.4 rebounds, certainly didn't dissuade any schools.

After his initital quartet of trips, he also went to Arkansas this past Sunday and Monday.

“I want to see how they run their stuff,” Mickey said prior to the visit.

With all the visits taking place, Mickey is advancing in the recruiting process rapidly. He mentioned potentially making a decision at the end of July or the beginning of August.

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