Two of the top junior point guards on the west coast, Shaquille Carr of Las Vegas Canyon Springs and Jordan McLaughlin of Etiwanda (Calif.) High School, faced off on opening night of the Las Vegas Fab 48 Tourney at Bishop Gorman on Wednesday night.
Both guards have already been offered scholarships by UNLV and both played well. Carr scored six points and had several dazzling assists while helping lead the Las Vegas Prospects 16’s to a 86-69 victory.
But the 6-foot McLaughlin, also a talented playmaker and defender, showed why he might just be the top prospect in southern California for the Class of 2014, scoring 34 points, including six 3-pointers, many of them from NBA range.
McLaughlin, playing for the Prodigy Red 17 squad coached by former USC/Louisville guard Cameron Murray, put on a shooting show that brought a smile to Murray’s older brother, former UCLA and NBA star Tracy Murray, who sat on the Prodigy Red 17 bench.
“Jordan is a great kid and a great shooter,” Tracy, who along with Reggie Miller ranks as one of the two best high school shooters I’ve covered, said.
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McLaughlin said that he has already been offered scholarships by UCLA, USC, UNLV San Francisco and San Diego State and has heard from schools like North Carolina and UConn as well as most of the Pac-12. Expect that list to get a whole lot longer soon. He hopes to take an unofficial visit to UNLV while in town this week.
Check out some video highlights of McLaughlin (11 black, red undershirt) and Carr (23 white), who also has also been offered by Oklahoma and Utah, from last night’s game above followed by an interview with McLaughlin.