USC Announces First Three Recruits For The 2014-15 Season|
Nov. 13, 2013
The USC men's basketball program signed guard Jordan McLaughlin, forward Malik Price-Martin and center Jabari Craig to its 2014 recruiting class, it was announced today (Nov. 13) by USC men's basketball head coach Andy Enfield.
"We are excited to sign three very talented players who will contribute to the future success of our program," said Enfield. "All three players are exceptional athletes with various skills that will fit our system and improve our team."
The dynamic 6-foot point guard McLaughlin led Etiwanda High to the Southern Section Division 1AA championship and a 28-3 record last season while averaging 15.6 points per game. He is ranked as the No. 6 point guard and No. 36 prospect in his class by ESPN.com and the No. 9 point guard and No. 38 overall by Scout.com. McLaughlin has shown the ability to score, distribute the ball and lead his team at a high level.
"Jordan McLaughlin is a proven winner and an elite point guard," said Enfield. "Jordan's offensive explosiveness will help our team right away. He also has the ability to be a lock-down defender."
Price-Martin, a 6-9 athletic forward from Opa Locka, Fla., averaged 17.2 points per game as a junior at Northeast High in Oakland Park, Fla. He is ranked as the No. 90 prospect in the this year's recruiting class by 247Sports and No. 99 by Rivals.com. Price-Martin is a versatile scorer with a good mid-range jumper, the ability to post up and can run the court well for a player his size. He also has a 7-foot wingspan which allows him to be an excellent shot-blocker.
"Malik Price-Martin is extremely skilled for his size (over 6'9") and will be counted upon to provide our team with an inside/outside presence," said Enfield. "Malik has played against great competition and has shown he is ready to contribute to our team."
The 6-10 Craig plays this season for Fishburne Military School in Virginia and averaged 8.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game as a junior at Tucker High in Tucker, Ga. Craig is originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is also a very athletic bigman and is ranked No. 144 in his recruiting class by Rivals.com.
"Jabari Craig is a special athlete at 6'10" and has the ability to be a bg-time shot blocker with his 7'4" wing-span," said Enfield. "Jabari is as fast as most guards and his quickness will impact our team immediately."
USC's recruiting class is currently ranked No. 22 by Rivals.com and No. 26 overall by ESPN.com and is the third-best among Pac-12 schools.