Peninsula High School 2016 guard McLaughlin picks up two more offers

Staff writerJune 13, 2014 

Peninsula 2016 guard JaQuori McLaughlin beats a Washington High School defender to the hoop in a Peninsula summer league game at Curtis High School.

JON MANLEY — Gateway photo

Peninsula High School junior guard JaQuori McLaughlin has picked up two more college offers, the latest coming from Memphis and the University of Washington.

The latest offers bring the total to three, with Oregon State University maintaining its offer. McLaughlin originally committed to OSU, but backed off his commitment with the news that former head coach Craig Robinson had been fired.

“It was a surprise. They said they were going to keep him after the season ended,” McLaughlin said. “I thought, do I really want to go there? He was the whole reason I wanted to go there. I thought I should reopen my recruiting and look other places.”

McLaughlin has also garnered interest from Washington State, Gonzaga, Boise State and others. Former University of Montana coach Wayne Tinkle has taken over at Oregon State, but McLaughlin said he hasn’t spoken to him yet. For now, the Beavers are still on the table.

“That could possibly be one (option),” McLaughlin said. “I’m just not sure yet.”

McLaughlin said he will probably wait until after his junior basketball season concludes to announce his college decision. He led the Class 3A South Puget Sound League in points (19.6), steals (4.1) and assists (3.3) per game last season. He was also a top-20 scorer in the state of Washington. As of right now, McLaughlin said he isn’t leaning toward any particular school. He’ll take several visits this summer, and is enjoying the process.

“I’m just taking my time,” he said.

McLaughlin was also selected to the Reebok Classic Breakout Camp this July in Philadelphia. The camp chooses two of the top players from 12 different cities across the United States. McLaughlin will be representing Seattle.

“It’ll be cool to show everyone that I can be one of the top guys out of Washington to represent in Philadelphia with some of the top of the players in the country,” McLaughlin said.

The camp will be a valuable opportunity for McLaughlin to showcase his skills in front of various college coaches and scouts.

“I just want to show everyone what I can do,” he said.

Peninsula is in the middle of its summer basketball league, which wraps up at the end of the month. Despite the distractions that accompany his talent, McLaughlin remains focused on helping the Seahawks win an SPSL 3A title next season.

“I’m just building chemistry with my team, getting shots up in the gym together,” McLaughlin said. “Knowing that we have a goal, and if we want to accomplish it, we have to work hard every day as a team and unit.”

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Sports reporter Jon Manley can be reached at 253-358-4151 or by email at jon.manley@gateline.com. Follow him on Twitter, @gateway_jon.

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