2016-2017 Stats: 12.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.5 apg
Why They Are Here
Jordan McLaughlin is the #53 ranked player in the CPP Top 100 because of his ability to facilitate in the backcourt and his improved shooting over his collegiate career. His freshman year, McLaughlin shot only 27% while making 28 threes, whereas in his senior year, he shot 40% while making 47 threes. He is a patient player at the point guard position, allowing for him to make the right passes at the right time, while still showing his ability to get to the rim off of the dribble.
Role on This Year’s Team
At the point guard position, McLaughlin can be expected to be the team’s main facilitator. He has shown throughout his collegiate career that he is capable of both leading a team down the stretch and controlling the flow of the game. Averaging 5.5 assists per game, McLaughlin ranked in the top 30 players in assists per game for the 2016-2017 season. Replacing Bennie Boatwright is a tough task, but with the addition of freshman Charles O’Banner Jr., McLaughlin will have some offensive force to work with.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Despite Jordan McLaughlin obviously being a capable point guard at USC, his height might hold him back from being selected in the NBA draft at all. Standing at 6’1, McLaughlin would be much smaller than most of the point guards in today’s NBA. However, we have seen smaller guys excel in the NBA; Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Thomas being a few. McLaughlin’s impressive body control and improved shooting could make him an intriguing role player for the future. If not the NBA, McLaughlin could surely find a home playing overseas.
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