Jag Hoops After Another

As the spring signing period comes to a close, South Alabama has one more scholarship left to give after signing high school players Jordan Roach and Mychal Ammons in the fall and junior college stars Trey Anderson, Xavier Roberson, Freddie Jones-Goldstein and Dallas Jones this spring. Jagsjungle.com has learned the identity of another possibility who may join USA in 2011-2012.

While speculation has centered around USA's final player being a D1 transfer or foreign-born big man, the answer may turn out to be Larry Mcgaughey of Lawson State Community College. McGaughey is a small forward/big guard who helped lead his team to a 24-5 record his final year. McGaughey is an athletic player who averaged 13.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. He shot 81% from the free throw line, 34% on his three-point attempts and 47% overall. As a freshman he was even more impressive as he put up 18.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2 steals and 1.8 blocks per game. Obviously he changed his game to benefit his team and they were 14-10 in that season.

According to his coach, Phillip Shumpert, one of the major factors McGaughey is looking for in a college destination is one not too far from his hometown of Memphis. He has visited Fresno State and they have offered him and Seton Hall has made a strong push, but it is South Alabama's location that gives the Jags an edge.

"South Alabama is much closer to Memphis (than the other schools)," said Shumpert. "He's going to go down there this week and check it out. They have a great shot at signing him. He's been impressed so far with his recruitment and the program."

Coach Shumpert has nothing but praise for McGaughey and what he provided for his team this past season.

"He's a bigtime scoring wing," he said. "He really can shoot the basketball, even with a hand in his face. He's better than anyone I've ever seen shooting the ball when guarded. He's very athletic. The thing that's really impressive about him is his ability to block shots on the perimeter. He has great timing and very long arms. He's about 6'4" but he has the wingspan of a man who's 6'8" or 6'9". He has energy. He's bouncy and he never stops moving. Even though a was a scorer for us, he was also our best perimeter defensive player. Great kid, good to be around, works hard, good student and just does what he has to do."

With a backcourt that has been utterly stripped bare after last season, the Jags have done a great job rebuilding this recruiting season with Roach and the four JUCO players. Adding another, particularly one with strong perimeter defensive skills, would complete this recruiting class very nicely.

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