Etiwanda’s Jordan McLaughlin leading USC resurgence

The USC men’s basketball team has been one of the biggest surprises in college basketball this season. And it has been a local player proving instrumental in that showing.

Sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin, out of Etiwanda High School, is averaging a team-high 12.6 points a game. He had nine points and 10 assists in the 80-61 win over UCLA on Thursday.

A night later McLaughlin was taking a game at his old high school, sitting court side as the Eagles squared off with Damien.

Here’s what he had to say about the showing of his team this season:

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McLaughlin heads Baseline League Boys Basketball selections

MVP – Jordan McLaughlin, Sr., PG, Etiwanda

First team
Kenny Barnes, Etiwanda
A.J. Bigornia, Glendora
Kameron Edwards, Etiwanda
Victor Joseph, Rancho Cucamonga
Daylan Lawrence, Rancho Cucamonga
Nate Olowo, Alta Loma
Marquis Reed, Upland
Levi Smith, Los Osos

Second team
Jamar Akoh, Los Osos
Dominick Alexander, Etiwanda
Brandon Brothers, Glendora
Nick Culver, Rancho Cucamonga
Jordan McNellys, Rancho Cucamonga
Tide Osifeso, Los Osos
Thomas Rico, Glendora
Deangelo Stowers, Upland

Honorable mention – Oliver Amajoyi, Los Osos; Brian Beard, Rancho Cucamonga; Kyle Bracy, Glendora; Blake Fisher, Rancho Cucamonga; Shawn Garey, Alta Loma; Ryan Henry, Los Osos; Solomon Hunt, Upland; Delewis Johnson, Etiwanda; Anthony Kirkwood, Alta Loma; Dominique Mosley, Upland; Jordan Naughton, Etiwanda.

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Jordan McLaughlin’s high school career is officially over

Local high school basketball fans have seen the last of Etiwanda High School guard Jordan McLaughlin.

Eagles coach Dave Kleckner confirmed that McLaughlin, who has signed with USC, has a torn labrum in his left shoulder that will require surgery.

He had an MRI on Monday and is in the process of scheduling that surgery. He wants to have it as soon as possible so he can get through the rehabilitation process in time to start is collegiate career in the fall.

McLauglin injured his shoulder driving to the basket in the second quarter of a 59-48 loss to Chino Hills in an Open Division quarterfinal on Feb. 28.

It was an aggravation of the same injury that knocked him out of a few games in December.

Etiwanda will play at El Camino Real on Friday in Southern California Regional of the state playoffs.

All of the game’s Kleckner’s teams have lost came without McLaughlin but all were close.



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