Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Point guard Jordan McLaughlin of Etiwanda High chose to commit to the USC Trojans Wednesday over UCLA, Indiana and Kansas.
A year ago, the nation’s No. 4 point guard the No. 18 player in the 2014 ESPN 100 seemed destined for UCLA.
But McLaughlin apparently changed his mind after the Bruins fired coach Ben Howland.
The 6-0 McLaughlin is quick and possessed superior athleticism. He was a key contributor as Etiwanda won the Southern Section Division 1AA championship last season.
McLaughlin should provide some much-needed momentum for the Trojans. With new coach Andy Enfield and an energetic young staff, USC is staking its claim on the local recruiting scene.
Originally, McLaughlin planned to visit the final four schools on his list but he was impressed with what he saw at USC, and he had an immediate connection with the staff.
“They’re an up-and-coming program, and I feel I have a great rapport with the staff already,” McLaughlin said. “In addition, they told me they would bring No. 11 out of retirement so I could wear it during my Trojan career. That definitely was a nice finishing touch on the visit.”