Explosive Guard Laguerre Signs NLI With UMass Basketball
Nov. 12, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - Explosive guard Jordan Laguerre (pronounced LUH-garry) has signed his National Letter Of Intent to join the UMass Basketball program for the 2011-12 season. The 6-2, 175-pounder is currently in his second season at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. Laguerre is a lefthander with an explosive first step, incredible leaping ability, and a scorer's mentality.
"I am excited to have Jordan join our growing UMass basketball family," said third-year head coach Derek Kellogg. "I have truly enjoyed watching Jordan play over the last few years as he has become quite a player and a person. Jordan has a tremendous competitive nature and an intensity on the floor that will push us to win basketball games. He is a great addition to the building process of UMass basketball both on and off the court."
The Manchester, N.H., native averaged 14 points per game as a junior and is expected to take an even more dominant role in the offense this season.
"It's close to home. They have a good environment and I really like the coaches and players," Laguerre said about coming to UMass. "I've gotten to play with them over the last couple years, and I'm really looking forward to going there and getting stronger physically and as a player."
Laguerre received a rating of 88 from ESPNU with the following scouting report: Jordan is an explosive guard who can get wherever he wants to on the court. He is lightning quick on both ends of the ball, has a quick handle when in attack mode, and a terrific array of finishes around the rim with quick bounce and good body control. He can make shots in bunches from behind the three-point line and also create space with his step-back in the mid-range area. He is equally accomplished defensively, able to keep his head on the ball for the entire length of the court or beat playmakers to their spots in the quarter court. Laguerre has a super high motor and plays the game incredibly hard at all times.
"Jordan came to New Hampton with amazing potential, and after one year has developed into a more consistent player who is beginning to really understand the game better," Coach Peter Hutchins said. "He is incredibly difficult to stop in transition and the half court. We've been really impressed with how he's been able to play the game at different speeds now."
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