It is still very early in the 2011-12 high school season. But, through the early stretch few players in the country look to be taking as big a step forward as Jordan Mickey.
A 6-foot-7 junior who transferred from Richardson (Texas) Berkner to Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep, Mickey has impressed in multiple settings during the fall.
"It's been a good chance to play my own game and show what I can do," said Mickey of his early season performances. "I've been able to show that I can handle and shoot the ball."
Previously viewed as more of a slightly undersized but extremely bouncy power forward, Mickey is proving to have much more game.
He's been a terror in transition either slashing to the hole for big dunks or making plays for others. Mickey is stepping out and making some jumpers between 15 and 17 feet and is looking like much more of a combo-forward.
Not coincidentally, Mickey feels like playing for a loaded Grace Prep squad has helped him to settle down and not worry about rushing things.
"Not having to worry about getting mine is nice," Mickey told Rivals.com. "Playing with the guys like I have around me it's no problem and I'll be able to get mine in the flow. I don't have to force anything."
Currently ranked No. 75 nationally in the 2013 Rivals150, Mickey is making a strong case to move up the charts. He's also making a strong impression with college coaches.
"Recruiting has been cool," said Mickey. "I'd say that Texas A&M, Kansas, Texas, Baylor and Houston have been in the most this year."
With plenty more showing interest, Mickey could easily pick a school and end things now. However, he's in no rush to make a choice and will let things play out as he continues to expand his game.
"I'm not in any kind of hurry and am focused on this year," said Mickey. "I'm going to wait until next fall to make a decision."