Mickelson sticks with Razorbacks

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Friday, March 25, 2011

— Jonesboro Westside forward Hunter Mickelson will remain an Arkansas Razorback.

Mickelson, 6-10 1/2, 210 pounds, and his parents visited Thursday evening with new Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson and former Razorbacks player Scotty Thurman in the Mickelson’s house.

Mickelson, a forward, is one of five Arkansas signees who make up ESPN’s No. 7 recruiting class in the nation. He said Anderson and Thurman arrived around 7 p.m. and stayed for about 45 minutes.

“It went pretty well,” Mickelson said. “He came over with Scotty Thurman and talked about what he wanted and how we’re going to run the offense and defense. It was overall a pretty good meeting. I like the school, and I like the coaches. I still have to meet some of Coach Anderson’s people that he’s bringing in.

“All in all, I’m pretty comfortable with it and I’m going to stickwith it.”

Mickelson, who said Anderson commented on his versatility, said he thinks he’ll play power forward in Anderson’s system. He also said there was little doubt he would remain a Hog.

“I kind of knew from the beginning,” said Mickelson, who is rated the No. 57 prospect in the nation by ESPN. “I was just going to meet the new coach. It really wasn’t about going anywhere else.”

Anderson made a favorable impression.

“I thought he was a nice guy,” Mickelson said. “It was the first time I’ve met him, but he was nice and pretty fired up about the job.”

Anderson and Thurman also met Thursday with point guard Rashad “Ky” Madden of East Poinsett County and forward Aaron Ross of Little Rock Parkview in Lepanto.

Sports, Pages 24 on 03/25/2011