When last we saw Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin on the basketball court, LSU lost to North Carolina State in the waning moments of the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The next time we see them, they will be playing in the NBA on different teams and in different conferences. But the big question remained where would each end up being drafted on Thursday?
The consensus opinion in the mock drafts had both players being drafted toward the end of the first round, and that's what wound up happening, with Mickey going to the Boston Celtics and Martin to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Memphis, according to reports , was looking for perimeter help if they are looking to become serious title contenders in the Western Conference. Similar reports also had them abandoning ship when it came to finding a young shooter.
However in the first round with the 25th pick, they drafted Martin with plenty of upside. He brings to the FedEx Forum the SEC’s fourth best field goal percentage at just a tick under 51 percent. He'll need to work on his defense to fit in with the style the Grizzlies have established, but Martin could easily give them a scoring boost off the bench.
The Celtics' interest in Mickey had become well-known, to the point that there were rumors they planned on taking him as early as their first-round pick. It didn't quite work out like that, but they still took the 6-foot, 8-inch sophomore Mickey with the third pick in the second round, 33rd pick overall.
This year marked the first time since 2000 LSU had two players drafted at the same time, when Stromile Swift and Jabari Smith were both selected. Neither had much success in the Association, but the book is still open on Martin and Mickey.