Top-25 prospect Jordan Mickey closing in on decision

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Most high-major recruits keep things relatively close to the vest when it comes to a decision timetable. Jordan Mickey certainly isn't one of them.

"The end of the month," he said Thursday night when asked if he was making his choice soon.

Mickey, a 6-foot-7 forward from the newly-opened Prime Prep (Texas) in Dallas, is ranked No. 25 overall in the class of 2013. The former Grace Prep (Texas) product fell just outside the five-star rating cutoff but has the potential to be one of the better combo forwards in the class.

Over the past two weeks, Mickey has hosted Ohio State, LSU and Oklahoma State on in-home visits. He has taken official visits to Ohio State, LSU, SMU and will trip to Stillwater this weekend for a visit to Oklahoma State.

"I'll get to see the campus and spend some time with coach [Travis] Ford and the players," Mickey said about this weekend.

The most recent visit he took was to SMU, where new coach Larry Brown and his staff have made tremendous inroads with some of the top prospects in the country, especially around the state of Texas.

Mickey likes what the Mustangs are doing lately.

"[I like] coach Brown" he said. "I like the coaching staff, the players and their facilities."

At Ohio State, Mickey would be a perfect replacement for DeShaun Thomas, who is expected to leave for the NBA if he has another impressive campaign. While he's not the natural scorer that Thomas is, Mickey's athleticism and inside-outside ability would be an asset.

This year's Final Four appearance didn't hurt, either.

"I liked the facilities, coach [Thad] Matta and the ability to come in and play in a winning program," he said.

Under new coach Johnny Jones, LSU is entering something of a rebuilding phase -- which could be attractive to Mickey. There would be playing time available immediately.

"I like coach Jones," Mickey said. "I like the offense and the ability to come in and make an immediate impact."

The school that lands Mickey would be getting an inside-outside threat who can pose matchup problems for most defenders. He's extremely active in the mid-range and on the glass, and he is expanding his game to include more face-up moves off the dribble. Moreover, Mickey's aggressiveness and versatility makes him tough on the defensive end.

Arkansas was on Mickey's previous list, but he has since dropped the Razorbacks to leave his list at four. He insists there are no leaders at this time, despite being less than two weeks from a potential decision.

"Just somewhere I feel comfortable with the players and coaches," Mickey said. "And people I can trust."

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