In a much anticipated announcement, highly-touted 5'11" point guard Jordan McLaughlin (Etiwanda High School) has committed to play for Andy Enfield and his USC Men's Basketball program. Deciding USC over UCLA, Kansas and Indiana, the Trojans have certainly entered the national conversation following this marquee local commitment.
Leading his high school to a CIF SS 1AA championship last season, McLaughlin was one of the top prospects in the Southern California area along with Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei), another player that is highly considered a top landing spot for USC, amongst a long list of national basketball powers across the nation.
Rising among the national ranks over the years, McLaughlin is a five-star recruit according to ESPN while Rivals, Scout and 24/7 Sports give him four stars. In terms of overall rankings, McLaughlin is rated as the 18th best player in nation by ESPN amongst his high accolades. News that has certainly drawn positive vibes from current Trojans.
Since getting hired at USC, Enfield made McLaughlin a priority. USC assistant Tony Bland has a long-standing relationship with McLaughlin that dates back to his days when he was an assistant at San Diego State. His presence along with fellow Southern California coach Jason Hart (Pepperdine) gives the Trojans major traction in the local area.
Going back to his first days on the job with USC, coach Enfield stated from the start the importance of winning the recruiting battle in the gold mine state of basketball talent in California. Even going so far as to proclaim that "we could make the final four with just California kids," Enfield said during a USCtrojans.com web interview this summer.
McLaughlin is the second 2014 prospect to pledge to USC, with two remaining scholarships left to utilize. He joins three-star power forward Malik Price-Martin in the first true class for Andy Enfield. This along with transfers Darion Clark (Charlotte) and Katin Reinhardt (UNLV) give the Trojans some major pieces to build around moving forward.