The USC Trojans’ disappointing season has gotten that much worse following news that freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin will miss the rest of the season with lingering shoulder issues. McLaughlin does it all for the Trojans, leading the squad in assists per game while contributing 12.1 points per contest as well. The announcement came from head coach Andy Enfield following the teams 70-66 loss to the Washington State Cougars that McLaughlin will undergo surgery on both of his damaged shoulders.
Over the course of the season, the Rancho Cucamonga native dislocated both of his shoulders, an issue that frequently reoccurs without surgery, and the team wants McLaughlin healthy for his sophomore campaign. McLaughlin’s checkered past is filled with shoulder problems including surgery to replace his torn labrum during his senior campaign in high school. If shoulder problems continue to creep into his career, McLaughlin’s promising future could be in danger.
The news couldn’t come at a worse time, as the Trojans have dropped eleven of their last 12 games. McLaughlin being shut down for the year is a major blow to any efforts to rejuvenate their season. USC currently holds a 10-18 record and will likely miss the post-season for the fourth consecutive season.
With USC’s season all but finished, Coach Enfield is preparing with the future in mind. He will need McLaughlin healthy, his presence and growth will have implications on the program’s rebuilding process. The team has been in absolute disarray during the 2014-15 season, and Enfield may be one of the first to go if he’s unable to right the ship during his final four games.
McLaughlin’s timetable has been set to a five to six month recovery process before he can resume team activities.
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