Now McLaughlin, a standout at Etiwanda (Calif.) High, will begin take his college visits. His first trip is to USC on Friday. Heading into the visit, McLaughlin has an affinity for Andy Enfield's style of play.
"Just their style of play they want to play," he said when asked what he likes about USC. "Coach Enfield and his style of play from Florida Gulf Coast, he's trying to bring it out here. They play fast and play NBA sets. Just what they are trying to do is different."
McLaughlin will then take a few weeks off the road before going to Kansas for their midnight madness festivities the weekend of October 4th. With the Jayhawks, McLaughlin is impressed with their tradition.
"They are always a top contender and it's a great program and it's just great basketball over there and it's just really impressive and mind boggling," McLaughlin told Scout.com.
The weekend after he visits Kansas, McLaughlin has an official visit scheduled for UCLA. Steve Alford is pitching his style of play and UCLA's history.
"Just their style of play [sticks out]," McLaughlin said. "The history of the school itself is a big key. Coach Alford and [Duane] Broussard are telling me what they are trying to do. It's a little different than how coach Howland was. They want to use ball screens, push the tempo and play fast."
Although Indiana is on his list, the two haven't come up with a visit date.
"I talked to them and tried setting up a visit," he said. "We are still trying to set up a visit. I'm still keeping in touch with them."
"It's a basketball state," he said when asked about Indiana. "Everybody around there loves basketball. Tom Crean is a good coach and his style of play fits me."
McLaughlin's list consists of two local schools and two schools relatively far from home. Will distance factor into his decision-making?
"I guess it could play a big factor at some point," McLaughlin said. "At the end of the day its about me choosing the right spot for me that will get me one step closer to my goal of playing in the NBA."
McLaughlin, Scout.com's No. 36 overall prospect, said he doesn't have a timetable for making his college choice.