JaQuan McLean, the talented Dark Horse point guard with an incredible ability to make plays for himself and his teammates, has signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career, and play collegiate hoops for Johnston Community College. McLean had a press-conference Wednesday night in the Clinton High School Media Center.
McLean is part of the first recruiting class from new head coach, Jason Johnson, and will be a part of the reestablishment of the men’s basketball program. This will be the first year that Johnston Community has had a basketball program since 2012.
“I’m incredibly proud to have JaQuan to come and be a part of our program at Johnston,” said JCC head coach, Jason Johnson. “He is a great player, and an outstanding young man. He likes to win and he knows how to win. He is really an impressive person all the way around.”
McLean said that the academics and athletics had a lot to do with why he chose to become a Jaguar.
“I want to study engineering, and they have some good core classes to get me started in that direction,” said McLean. “I really liked Coach Johnson and the entire coaching staff, so I thought that it was a good fit.”
McLean’s mother, Priscilla McLean, was proud of her only child on the special day for the family.
“He is my only son, and I couldn’t be more proud of what he has accomplished and the young man that he is,” she said.
JaQuan went on to talk about how playing under head coach Randy Jordan at Clinton High School for the past four years has really prepared him for the next level.
“We have had some good teams here ever since I have been playing,” he said. “The way the program is around here, I think that it has really helped prepare me for the next level.”
Jordan was proud of his four-year player, and mentioned that McLean was a freshman in his first year coaching, making the bond even a little more special.
“He was in that first class,” said Jordan, “and ever since day one, he has been a hard worker, a tremendous talent, and a tremendous kid. Johnston is getting a great player and a great person in JaQuan McLean.”
McLean plans to transfer to a four-year university and hopes to continue his schooling and basketball career after his two years at JCC are in the books.
“I hope my stock will go up while playing at JCC,” said McLean. “All I can do is work hard and see what happens.”
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