Mark McLaughlin signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Huskies yesterday. But with UW holding it's team awards banquet yesterday, head coach Lorenzo Romar waited till today to announce the signing.
McLaughlin was the only recruit to sign immediately during the spring signing period. The Huskies still have two scholarships left to fill.
From the press release ...
SEATTLE - Mark McLaughlin, who led all junior college scorers with 28.4 points per game in the regular season (27.5 ppg overall) as a sophomore at Tacoma Community College, has signed a financial aid agreement and will attend the University of Washington, Coach Lorenzo Romar announced.
"Mark is somebody that we have known for a long time. We have always been impressed with his ability to score, but he is a complete offensive player," said Romar. "With what we lost this year and what we will lose next year, he will be a great addition to help offset those losses."
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard will be counted on to fill some of the scoring void that the Huskies will have to replace with their top two scorers, Terrence Ross (16.4 ppg) and Tony Wroten (16.0 ppg), declaring for the 2012 NBA Draft.
McLaughlin helped Tacoma CC to a 26-5 record and the 2012 NWAACC Men's Basketball Championship. He was the NWAACC Western Region MVP and was named to the post-season All-Tournament first team.
McLaughlin had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists in Tacoma's 110-98 win over Chemeketa in the NWAACC championship game.
"He basically put us on his back," laughed Tacoma Head Coach Carl Howell when asked about McLaughlin's role in winning the title.
"What he has the ability to do for a guy that led the country in scoring is he really raised the level of our other player's games offensively because he is such a good passer. When he was getting double and triple teamed he got our other players great scoring opportunities."
In 31 games, McLaughlin scored 852 points and had a season-high of 41. He shot 51% from the field (294-for-581), including 57-of-152 (38.0%) from 3-point range. He also averaged at team-high 8.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists plus 1.4 steals per game.
"Mark is a big wing who offensively has an extremely high skill set," Howell said. "He can shoot the three, he has a great mid-range game, he can penetrate all the way to the rim and he knows how to get fouled.
"He gets to the line a lot," Howell emphasized, evidenced by McLaughlin's stat line of making 207 free throws in 248 attempts for an impressive 83.4%.
McLaughlin attended Inglemoor High School in Kirkland, Wash. before transferring to New Hampton prep school in New Hampshire for the 2008-09 year. He attended Baylor University in 2009 before transferring to Seattle University and redshirting the 2010 season. McLaughlin played 17 games for Seattle in 2011 and averaged 7.2 points in 17.8 minutes of action before leaving after the season.After taking the long road, McLaughlin has landed at Washington where his heart has seemed to always be.
"It has always been my dream to play for the University of Washington. It hasn't been the straightest path to get here but, it's where I'm supposed to be," said McLaughlin in a Tacomacc.edu news release.
Husky fans will have two years to watch the blossoming career of McLaughlin continue at Washington.