McLaughlin takes note of coaches on baseline

FOX Sports NEXT brings you the latest on FOX Sports NEXT four-star point guard Jordan McLaughlin of Etiwanda (Calif.).

There's no doubt USC is strongly in the mix for 2014 Etiwanda (Calif.) point guard Jordan McLaughlin.

USC head coach Andy Enfield is one of just a few head coaches who is recruiting the FOX Sports NEXT four-star recruit personally. Enfield spent two days in Long Beach (Calif.) at Pangos Sweet 16 watching each of McLaughin's games.

"It means a lot considering they have the head guys watching me trying to evaluate me and everything, it means a lot to have the head coach here," McLaughlin said following his final game of the tournament Sunday.

"[Enfield] is telling me that he wants to put the ball in my hands and he wants to see me run the show there at USC," McLaughlin told FOX Sports NEXT on Saturday following his final game Saturday at Pangos Sweet 16. "[USC is] a pretty good option, but still looking for the best one."

McLaughlin is playing the recruiting process close to the vest, but says USC, UCLA, Gonzaga, and San Diego State seem to the schools recruiting him hardest; each program using its head coach to lead his recruitment.

McLaughlin, 6-foot 170-pounds, says he's looking at coaching staffs by how they run their offense, their style of play, by how they treat their players, as well as the educational opportunities. He also says his relationship with the staff will be key to his recruitment -- as well as the players surrounding him.

"[Basketball is] a team sport," McLaughlin explained. "I want to have a good team to pass the ball to since I'm a point guard, so I need to find the right people in the right spots."

When Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright committed to Arizona earlier this year, McLaughlin went on the record saying he wouldn't mind being in a program with two prominent point guards. Since then, he says he has indeed changed his mind on those initial thoughts.

"I thought about it and then I thought I kind of want the ball in my hands so I want to be the main point guard on the floor," McLaughlin said.

Which can only lead to the conversation about his budding relationship with fellow 2014 point guard Josh Perkins. Perkins, a five-star recruit, is set to announce his college commitment Aug. 25.

Perkins commitment will no doubt affect McLaughin's, but McLaughlin emphasized that him and Perkins don't discuss their college options and that Perkins decision won't 'really' change his.

"I was talking to him all the time at the Philly camp and all the camps we've been to," he explained. "We've been building a really cool relationship on and off the court so it's cool. We just talk basketball and other things – normal things teenagers talk about.

"Wherever he picks his school is where he picks it, but that won't really affect me."

Except for the fact that you can expect McLaughlin to avoid wherever Perkins goes.

McLaughlin has no real timetable set for his commitment nor has he decided on any official visits, though he did say it is possible he will take most of his officials to the East Coast.

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