No surprises with Mickelson
There were no surprises in the recruitment of four-star prospect Hunter Mickelson. The four-man from Jonesboro (Ark.) Westside high school will stay in Arkansas for his college basketball.
Mickelson, 6 feet 10, 185 pounds, will join his travel team teammate Aaron Ross of the Arkansas Wings in Arkansas' 2011 recruiting class.
"Hunter developed a great relationship with Coach Pelphrey," said Arkansas Wings coach Tim Loring. "That is the main reason he is going there. They have basically been recruiting him since the ninth grade, and they have been the school that recruited him the hardest."
Mickelson also considered Florida and Ole Miss, but Arkansas has always been a clear frontrunner in his recruitment.
"He took unofficial visits to Florida and Ole Miss," said Loring. "Florida was just too far away from home. It came down to Ole Miss and Arkansas."
This past weekend Mickelson unofficially visited Arkansas while on a trip with the Arkansas Wings.
Mickelson, who is currently the No. 57 ranked prospect in the Rivals150 for the class of 2011, has impressive agility and a solid skill level for his size. Getting stronger is his main challenge.
"Hunter has developed a reliable midrange jumper," said Loring. "He is also getting stronger around the basket and as a rebounder."
During the high school season, Mickelson averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds per game.