Shaq: Former LSU Tigers Jordan Mickey, Jarell Martin not ready for the NBA _lowres

LSU's Jarell Martin, right, and Jordan Mickey, left, take part in a drill during a practice for an NCAA college basketball second round game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. North Carolina State plays LSU on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) ORG XMIT: PAGP124


Before the question about Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin was even finished, Shaq jumped in with an answer.

The two former LSU basketball standouts aren't ready for the NBA draft despite leaving school early, Shaq told Culotta & The Prince on 104.5 FM ESPN in Baton Rouge on Monday morning.

"They're not ready. You heard it here from Shaquille O'Neal. They are not ready," he said. "Yes, they're talented. Yes, they can play.

"But you want to just go to the NBA and play? Or do you want to have an impact? You want to get drafted? Or you want to be a high draft pick"

Mickey and Martin teamed up this season to give LSU, which finished 22-11 and earned an NCAA tournament bid for the first time since 2009, one of the best forward combinations in the country.

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