Recruiting News from LeBron Camp

The LeBron James Skills Academy had a number of UCLA prospects participating, and we got some recruiting updates from Jordan McLaughlin, Dominic Magee and JaQuan Newton...

McLaughlin takes local visit

One thing clear about the recruiting process for 2014 Etiwanda (Calif.) point guard Jordan McLaughlin is that he's going to move about it at his own pace, revealing very little to media and coaches along the way.

Getting McLaughlin on campus hasn't been an easy task for the schools recruiting him, but last week USC was able to successfully complete the task.

"It was real good," McLaughin said of the visit. "A lot of things have changed since I first went there. There's a new coaching staff now and new, nice facilities. It's still a good school. The coaching staff seems really good and they're trying to do new things, which is an eye popper."

While McLaughlin was able to make it to USC's campus, he didn't get to Westwood, something originally on his itinerary.

"I was tying to get there the same day as USC but wasn't able to make it work," he said. "I'll probably go over there sometime soon though."

Quietly, San Diego State has remained a serious contender to land McLaughlin, and while he hasn't been on campus lately, he's stayed in close contact with that coaching staff.

"They're trying to get me up there," he said. "I've been talking to assistant coaches (Brian) Dutcher and (Justin) Hutson and coach (Steve) Fisher calls me every now and then as well."

As West Coast point guards have popped off the board, some of which landing at schools recruiting McLaughlin, the Top 25 prospect has remained steadfast in his desire to go through his recruitment at his own pace.

"I'm not worried about others; I'm just trying to make the right decision for me," he said, adding that it's possible that a decision still may not come for quite some time.

"I could wait until the end of my senior season," he said.


Magee has a favorite

Louisiana native Dominic Magee has an early favorite.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard said Oklahoma State is showing him quite a bit of interest and they currently lead for his services.

"They made a home visit and they were the first team to come at me the hardest," MaGee said. "They came at me and were like ‘I want you to run my team.' They only saw me three games L.A. weekend and they offered me. Ever since then it's been an every day thing."

MaGee also claims interest from Oklahoma, UCLA, Memphis, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Oral Roberts, Houston, Minnesota, Arizona, Kansas State, Kansas, Texas, Georgetown and Tulsa.

"It's still real early," MaGee said.

MaGee hasn't take any visits and doesn't have any set up.


Briscoe working on high school, college decisions

It's been a tumultuous month for 2015 shooting guard Isaiah Briscoe.

After announcing that he's transferring from Newark (N.J.) St Benedict Prep, Briscoe appeared all set to end up at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, but head coach Todd Simon departed for an assistant position at UNLV.

Simon's replacement will be Findlay assistant Jerome Williams, a former NBA player nicknamed the Junkyard Dog.

While Briscoe was no longer seriously considering Findlay following the coaching change, a couple former players have been putting the idea back in his head.

"My mom didn't feel comfortable with Findlay but I talked to Dominic Artis and Winston Shepard about (Williams) and it's something to consider," Briscoe said. "They said he's a good coach and that if I'm producing, I'll play, so I need to talk to my dad about it."

The 2015 prospect is also considering Our Savior New American (N.Y.) and Huntington Prep (W.V.)

Meanwhile, Briscoe could also be close to a college decision. When asked if Arizona was the leader – as multiple sources have suggested over the last month - he said "not necessarily," quickly followed by a long list of qualities he likes about the Pac-12 school.

"It's a great campus," Briscoe said. "Damon Stoudamire was Rookie of the Year, Sean Miller is going to be a Hall of Fame coach and has a great resume, and I have a great relationship with the coaching staff."


UNC has offers out to a pair

A pair of 2015 recruits claimed scholarship offers from North Carolina on Sunday. Malik Newman and Diamond Stone both informed Scout.com that they recently picked up scholarship offers from North Carolina.

Newman, Scout.com's No. 2 overall recruit in 2015, said he talked to Roy Williams and they plan to track him in July.

"It was a good conversation," Newman said. "He's a real good coach and a real good person. He runs a real great program."

"He just told me that he wanted me and he told me that I was a special player and if I wanted to be apart of it I should come to his program," Newman added.

Stone, who checks in at No. 6 overall in the 2015 class, said he's talked to Williams, as well as Steve Robinson.

"I talked to coach Robinson before I came here and he just told me to keep working hard and they have a strong interest in me and they are following me," Stone said.

As it stands, neither Newman nor Stone have set up visits to North Carolina.


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