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KU hoops target to pick this week?

September 8, 2013

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Jordan McLaughlin, a 5-foot-11 senior basketball point guard from Etiwanda (Calif.) High, is expected to announce his college choice this week, the Los Angeles Times reports.

McLaughlin, who is ranked No. 43 nationally by Rivals.com, visited USC over the weekend.

He has said he will visit Kansas University for the Oct. 4 Late Night in the Phog and also has UCLA and Indiana on his list.

“Etiwanda guard Jordan McLaughlin is scheduled to announce his college choice this week. UCLA and USC have been recruiting him hard,” Eric Sondheimer of the Times wrote Sunday on Twitter.

McLaughlin’s AAU coach, Cameron Murray, told Zagsblog.com on Saturday that McLaughlin “is going to try to make a decision in the next couple weeks.”

Asked about KU, Murray said: “He likes Kansas because of the system that they run. He likes them because not all of their players are a one-and-done, or a two-and-done, they’re all about trying to win championships and developing players.”

Meanwhile, No. 1-rated Jahlil Okafor, who will visit KU on Oct. 18, on Sunday arrived in Lexington, Ky., for an official visit. The 6-10 senior from Chicago’s Whitney Young High, will attend UK’s alumni game tonight.

Milt to be introduced in Minnesota: Former KU forward Milt Newton will be introduced as Minnesota Timberwolves general manager at a news conference Tuesday in Minnesota. Newton, a member of KU’s 1988 NCAA title team, worked for the Washington Wizards for 10 years, most recently as vice president of player personnel. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Newton will “assist president of basketball operations Flip Sanders in evaluation and acquisition of players and help Saunders manage basketball operations.”

Of Newton, NBA Commissioner David Stern said: “Milt possesses an extraordinary skill set that is a great fit for the Timberwolves organization. His exceptional work ethic and basketball acumen played a large role in the launch and success of the NBA Development League. I am extremely pleased for Milt and the Timberwolves, who will no doubt benefit from the tremendous experience he brings to their front office.”

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