By JACK LeGWIN Special to ZAGSBLOGORLANDO — The top-ranked point guard out West has been making quite a name for himself in the past couple months, racking up offers from the likes of Indiana, UConn, Kansas, UCLA, USC, UNLV, Stanford and many others.
Listed at 6-foot, 165-pounds, Jordan McLaughlin is virtually impossible to keep out of the lane due to his athleticism and quickness, and has drawn comparisons to Russell Westbrook and Allen Iverson. He is ranked No. 18 in the nation by ESPN as well. But he insists he still has much growth left to do.
“I have learned a lot this summer,” McLaughlin told SNY.tv at the Super Showcase. “All of the great experiences, all of the great camps that I went to, between the Deron Williams camp, LeBron James camp, NBA camp, and the Reebok camp, I am learning a lot of advanced sets, and I have really improved this summer.”
His AAU coach, Cameron Murray, insists that his ceiling is far from being reached.
“He hasn’t scraped the surface of what he could be,” Murray said. “I think he is the best point guard out West. He’s not a flashy player either. You won’t see him wind up on a huge crossover or anything like that, he’s just really good.”
As for the college choice, there are no teams that are sticking out for him.
“I don’t have any favorites right now,” he said. “Indiana, UConn and Kansas have been contacting me a lot recently, as well as UCLA and USC,” he said. “But I don’t have any favorites at the moment.”
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