Etiwanda (Calif.) 2014 point guard Jordan McLaughlin was dominant at times during Etiwanda's thrilling overtime victory over Long Beach Poly on Tuesday night. McLaughlin scored 18 points, and controlled the tempo, playing under control against Long Beach Poly's press during the second half. He also displayed some explosive athleticism, narrowly missing a tip slam after being fouled, and looked very quick laterally on defense.
Of course, McLaughlin also got some interesting news earlier this week that fellow 2014 point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright had committed to Arizona. For McLaughlin, who had been high on the Wildcats, the commitment may change things.
"As of right now, I think I'm just going to wait and see what happens with that, whether (Jackson-Cartwright) decommits or not," McLaughlin said. "It's a great pickup for them, and I'm really happy for him."
Just a couple of weeks ago, McLaughlin listed Arizona among the schools recruiting him the hardest, and the Wildcats were thought to be a possible destination for the talented point.
McLaughlin did say that he'd still consider the Wildcats, and that he wouldn't rule out playing alongside Jackson-Cartwright in the Wildcats' backcourt.
"They were on me really hard," McLaughlin said. "I took an unofficial to them, and the coaching staff was good to me. I still like them."
Ben Howland of UCLA was in the stands for the game, and greeted McLaughlin's mom with a hug after the game. McLaughlin said that the attention of college coaches doesn't distract him.
"You can't let it distract you," McLaughlin said. "I honestly didn't even notice (Howland) was there. You just have to go out there and play your game, because that's the best way to show them what you can do."
As has been the case for months, McLaughlin has no plans to end his recruitment early and said that he will likely wait until his senior season.
McLaughlin Heads to Championship
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