The NBA’s deadline to declare for its draft looms Sunday, just five days away, and Jordan Mickey may use as much of that time as he can. Or at least that’s the plan laid out by the LSU freshman forward’s father.
“We’ll probably make a decision by the end of the week,” James Wright said Monday.
If Mickey elects to put his name in the pool of underclassmen declaring for the draft, there’s no turning back. The NCAA’s deadline to withdraw from the draft was April 15, meaning any declarations made afterward cut off the path of returning to school.
Wright said he plans to take a trip to Baton Rouge “around the middle to later this week” for a face-to-face chat with coach Johnny Jones. After that meeting, a decision about Mickey’s future may come down.
With Johnny O’Bryant III off to the professional ranks, Mickey’s 12.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game — numbers that landed him on the Southeastern Conference’s All-Freshmen team — represent the Tigers’ most consistent production inside.
If he returns, it will leave LSU one over the NCAA-mandated allotment of 13 scholarships.
RANDLE TO ANNOUNCE PLANS TUESDAY: Kentucky is slated to hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday with freshman forward Julius Randle, who will announce whether he is entering the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-9 Randle has been projected as a lottery pick if he turns pro. He led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding during their NCAA title-game run.
Decisions also loom for Kentucky freshmen Andrew and Aaron Harrison and Dakari Johnson. Sophomore Alex Poythress could also enter the draft.