JaQuori McLaughlin might be only 15 years old, but he knows what he wants – and where to pursue it.
A dream scenario became a pleasant reality Wednesday when McLaughlin, a sophomore point guard at PeninsulaHigh School, accepted a scholarship offer to be part of Oregon State’s 2016 recruiting class.
The Beavers’ coaching staff contacted Peninsula coach Jake Jackson on Wednesday morning. Jackson gladly let his standout know a few minutes later. It didn’t take that long for McLaughlin to give an oral commitment.
"I just wanted to get it done right now," McLaughlin said. "This is where I really wanted to go for the past four years, and the relationship I have with those coaches is really good."
McLaughlin started 18 games for the Seahawks last season. He led the team in scoring average (13.0 ppg), and was selected to the all-South Puget Sound League 3A first team despite Peninsula finishing with a 4-16 record.
The 6-foot-2, 155-pounder has been attending the Oregon State summer camp the past four seasons, and has gotten to know Beavers’ coach Craig Robinson and his staff.
He also went to the Oregon and University of Washington individual-skills camp, and was named the most valuable player at the Ducks’ team camp.
McLaughlin normally plays for Tacoma-based AAU squad "Team Access," coached by former Timberline High School coach Chris Spivey, but sat out last season with knee inflammation.