LSU’s Mickey returning for sophomore season

Jordan Mickey was a second-team all-SEC selection in 2013-14.

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After becoming the only LSU player other than Shaquille O’Neal to block 100 shots in a season, Jordan Mickey has decided to remain with the Tigers at least one more year.

Mickey made his announcement alongside LSU coach Johnny Jones on Wednesday. He says the feedback he’s received from the NBA is that he needs ”to get bigger, stronger and faster” before turning pro.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Mickey was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a freshman, when he averaged 12.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and a league-leading 3.1 blocks. He finished with 106 blocks and recorded nine double-doubles.

Jones says he thought Mickey’s decision could have gone either way, and that he’s glad Mickey ”came to the conclusion he did.”

"I think all of you guys realize the impact that he made on our basketball team this year as a freshman," Jones said, per a report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "From the defensive end where he was an all-leaguer there, second team all-league. (He was) a player who led our team in field-goal percentage, rebounding and just the impact that he made and what we look forward to next year in what he has an opportunity to bring to our team."