LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey has experienced no lingering effects form a shoulder injury that sidelined him for one game and should be ready for the NCAA tournament.
Mickey bruised his right shoulder in the second half of a loss to Tennessee on March 4, but played the remainder of that game. He did sit out the regular-season finale three days later at Arkansas, but returned to the starting lineup for LSU's game with Auburn in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournamenton Friday.
Mickey played only 16 minutes in the Tigers' 73-70 overtime because of foul trouble and fouled out with 5:12 to play in the game with one point -- 15 below his season average -- and eight rebounds. In the locker room after the game, he said the shoulder was fine.
LSU coach Johnny Jones said Sunday night that Mickey was doing well and will start Thursday night's game for the ninth-seeded Tigers against No. 8 seed North Carolina State in Pittsburgh.
"He's doing good, he had a good workout (Sunday)," Jones said. "He's constantly getting better and this is going to be good for him because can go full speed and get his wheels back under him and look forward to some good competition in the next day or so to get him in some game-like situations for us prior to Thursday."
Jones said Mickey will be "pretty close to 100 percent."
"Unfortunately, you never got a chance to see the other day because of foul trouble, " Jones added. "He never really had an opportunity to get going, but we think he's going to be fine."