USC Basketball: Jordan McLaughlin to join Brooklyn Nets for Summer League

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USC Basketball’s Jordan McLaughlin will reportedly sign to play on the Brooklyn Nets Summer League team after going unpicked in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The next stop for USC Basketball guard Jordan McLaughlin is Brooklyn.

On Friday, McLaughlin agreed to sign with the Nets for their Summer League campaign and possibly training camp, per Joey Kaufman of the OC Register on Twitter.

The senior was not selected in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night, though that was not unexpected as NBA scouts seemed concerned with his height at just 6-foot-1.

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Despite the question of stature, McLaughlin proved himself as one of the premiere point guards in college basketball over the past four years starting for the Trojans.

McLaughlin arrived at USC in 2014 as a four-star recruit and a Top 50 prospect. He lived up to that billing by earning a place on the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. Starting 21 of 22 games before an injury ended his debut season, he averaged 12.1 points and 4.5 assists per game.

As a sophomore, McLaughlin co-captained the team while starting all 34 games and averaging 13.4 points and 4.7 assists.

His junior season proved to be the peak of his team success with the Trojans. Second among Pac-12 players in assists, he ran the show as USC not only made the NCAA Tournament, but won two games. The first of those saw McLaughlin post a double-double in a comeback over Providence.

Though USC did not live up to expectations in 2017-18, McLaughlin was one of the bright spots on the squad. He set a single-season school record with 281 assists, ranked first in the Pac-12 and third nationally. He was also second in steals in the conference. After two consecutive All-Pac-12 honorable mentions, he made the first team as a senior.

All told, McLaughlin finished his USC career second in assists, third in steals, fourth in points and fifth in three-pointers made.

The Nets are getting a floor general with exceptional vision and passing ability. The next question is whether or not he can convince the team to overlook his height in favor of his skill.

McLaughlin is the fourth Trojan to move on to the NBA. De’Anthony Melton and Chimezie Metu were drafted by the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs respectively on Thursday night during the second round. Elijah Stewart signed with the Indiana Pacers for Summer League play.