Last weekend, Karviar Shepherd made big noise at the Pangos All-American Camp. High school and summer teammate Jordan Mickey was on the roster for camp but instead took an unofficial visit to Louisville.
Thanks to a monster junior year, the 6-foot-7 power forward from Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep didn't need to attend Pangos to generate any more attention.
Always known as a crazy athlete, Mickey showed signs of a more diverse game during his junior season.
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"He's a crazy athlete is what I would say, but he's really improved his all-around game," Grace Prep head coach Ray Forsett told Rivals.com. "He's crazy athletic and he's strong inside. Once he gets going, he's tough to stop; plus he can step out and hit the jumper, face up and do all of those things you want now."
Not only is Mickey a talent, he's a competitor. He thrived in Grace Prep's toughest games and had a mindset to prove that he can play with anybody in the country.
"He showed this year that he is one of the best players in the country," said Forsett. "It showed that he can play with anybody in the country and isn't just an athletic kid who can run and jump."
In addition to the Louisville visit, Mickey has been to LSU and SMU this spring. Still very wide open in the recruiting process, he's also hearing from Ohio State, Kansas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and many others.
Mickey hasn't yet cut his list down, and from the sounds of it there are no immediate plans for him to do so. As a result, he can expect crowds full of college coaches during July when he hits the floor with Urban DFW Elite.
"I'm not sure when he's going to make his decision, and I don't think his family is sure yet," said Forsett. "He's looking for a good home that is going to let him play his game and where he can be versatile. He's also looking for the best place that can help get to the level he's trying to get to."
Eric Bossi is the National Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow him on Twitter @ebosshoops.
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