USC scores McLaughlin

Jordan McLaughlin will run the show at USC.

Andy Enfield has yet to coach a game at USC, but is already a part of the crosstown rivalry with UCLA.

Jordan McLaughlin, a 4-star point guard from just outside of Los Angeles, committed to Enfield and the Trojans over UCLA and Kansas Wednesday afternoon.

The Rancho Cucamonga native is rated as the fifth best player in California and the fifth best point guard in the entire class of 2014 by the 247 Composite rankings.

This is a massive pickup for USC considering the Trojans have three senior guards on the 2013-14 roster. It’s also significant because UCLA was involved, as McLaughlin was set to visit the Bruins on October 11th. Enfield is off to a nice start locally, and will have plenty of battles with new UCLA coach Steve Alford for several years to come.

Enfield burst onto the college basketball scene last March when his Florida Gulf Coast Eagles upset second-seeded Georgetown in the Round of 64. The Eagles run ended in the Sweet 16 with a loss to Florida, after another upset over seventh-seeded San Diego State in the Round of 32.

Enfield takes over at USC, a program that hasn’t made a Sweet 16 since 2007 and has never won a national championship. Fortunately for Enfield, southern California is a hotbed for prep talent.

Alford and UCLA will now turn their attention to Quentin Snider, who was on campus at Westwood a few weekends ago. Alford also met with Snider Tuesday night at his home in Ballard, Kentucky.

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