After saying earlier in the day he “was not yet sure” about forward Jordan Mickey’s availability for the Southeastern Conference tournament this week, LSU coach Johnny Jones said during a news conference Monday afternoon his star forward “should be available” for the tournament.
Mickey injured his left shoulder in the second half of last Wednesday night’s loss to Tennessee and was held out of Saturday’s upset win at Arkansas despite taking part in pregame stretch and warm-ups.
“I think he should be available for us this weekend, especially by Friday,” Jones said. “That’s the good thing about having a double-bye. It should give him some additional days to get treatment, get rest, and continue to heal his shoulder and get ready.”
Fourth-seeded LSU will play either Texas A&M, Mississippi State or Auburn in its SEC tournament opener around 2:30 p.m. Friday in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jones said Monday morning he’s “not sure yet” about the availability of sophomore forward Jordan Mickey for the Southeastern Conference tournament this week.
Mickey warmed up with his teammates, but was held out of Saturday’s 81-78 upset of No. 18 Arkansas because of a left shoulder injury that he suffered in the second half of last Wednesday night’s game with Tennessee.
“We’re not sure yet,” Jones said when asked about Mickey on an SEC coaches teleconference. “He’ll probably be a little bit limited today in practice, and hopefully, he’ll get better as the week progresses.”
After the game, Jones said he was hopeful Mickey, who is averaging 16.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, would be able to return to the Tigers’ lineup for the SEC tournament.
LSU doesn’t play until Friday after earning a double-bye as the tournament’s No. 4 seed, which gives them an extra day for Mickey to get ready.
“We’re looking forward (to the double-bye), so we’ll bring him along slowly,” Jones said. “We’re fortunate that we don’t play until Friday, and hopefully, by then he’ll be able to make a huge impact for us.”