Peninsula High School sophomore JaQuori McLaughlin has verbally accepted a scholarship offer to play basketball at Oregon State University, making him a member of head coach Craig Robinson’s 2016 class.
McLaughlin said he gave the commitment because of his relationship with the coaches.
“I’ve known the coaching staff since eighth grade when I went down there for the camp, so we’ve really built a good relationship, and I feel like they’ll give me the chance to go to the NBA,” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin averaged 13 points per game for the Peninsula Seahawks as a freshman and was selected to the all-South Sound Puget Sound League 3A first team. He said he wants to substantially raise his production this year.
“Average 25 points, eight assists and five steals,” he said.
McLaughlin hopes his scoring ability will translate well to Oregon State.
“They like to score points, and so do I,” he said. “They play man-to-man now, so it’s pretty fast tempo, just like Peninsula.”
McLaughlin, who plays AAU ball with Tacoma Access, said he’s been working on his strength and explosiveness.
The Gig Harbor Tides beat both Foss and Central Kitsap 5-0 last week.
No. 1 doubles team Drew Lawson and Mason Jarvis beat Central Kitsap’s James Jun and Jason Jun, 6-2 and 6-3, and Foss’ John Ta and Viet Nguyen, 6-0 and 6-0.
Meanwhile, Peninsula defeated Bonney Lake 3-2 to secure the SPSL 3A championship. The Seahawks also won the league’s sportsmanship award.
Peninsula No. 1 doubles team Hayden Skidmore and Christian Lewis won the SPSL tournament and earned a top seed to the district tourney.
Peninsula split a pair of matches last week, beating Decatur 3-0 on Friday following a 2-0 loss to Auburn Mountainview on Oct. 15.