Peninsula H.S. point guard JaQuori McLaughlin announced on Saturday that he has given a verbal pledge to Washington for the class of 2016, choosing the Huskies over Arizona and Oregon. Scout.com's Josh Gershon was the first to break the news.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>2016 Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula guard JaQuori McLaughlin has committed to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UW?src=hash">#UW</a>, he tells Scout. <a href="http://t.co/IZWUDe6hQW">pic.twitter.com/IZWUDe6hQW</a></p>— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshGershon/status/538879388301815809">November 30, 2014</a></blockquote>
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McLaughlin had originally committed to the Oregon State Beavers but re-opened his recruitment when Craig Robinson was fired as head coach. The 6-foot-3 point guard is considered a four-star prospect by both ESPN and Scout and held offers from Arizona, Memphis, Oregon State, Washington State and Boise State.
As a sophomore at Peninsula he averaged 19.3 points, 3.3 assists and 4.1 steals, according to a blog post in the Seattle Times posted Friday. McLaughlin is the only prospect to give a verbal commitment to the Huskies in the class of 2016. Jermaine Haley, a 6-foot-7 point guard from Burnaby, B.C., verbally committed to the Huskies in July but decided to reopen his recruitment.
To my knowledge the Huskies have offered three other in-state players for the class of 2016 besides McLaughlin. Rainier Beach guard Keith Smith, Richland guard Steven Beo and Lakeside guard Isiah Brown all hold offers from the UW.
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