McLaughlin chooses Washington

JaQuori McLaughlin committed to Washington on Saturday. Scout's 60th ranked prospect in 2016 discusses why he chose the Huskies.

Washington landed a big local talent on Saturday, picking up a commitment from JaQuori McLaughlin.

A 6-foot-3, 160-pound combo guard from Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula, McLaughlin gives the Huskies one of the most versatile and talented guards on the west in 2016.

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar was a big reason for McLaughlin’s commitment.

“The first reason is coach Romar; the relationship I built with him in recruiting is great,” McLaughlin said. “We talk every day and that made me very comfortable with him and the coaching staff.

“The location was key too; it’s really close to home. I have a lot of family that can come watch me.”

Scout’s 60th ranked prospect in 2016, McLaughlin follows a 2015 Washington class that is arguably the best in school history.

“The class above me is really good and when I join them, I think we can all do something really special,” McLaughlin said.

“I think I fit in really well with my leadership ability and point guard skills. They have a lot of scorers and athletic players who can get out and run so I think I fit right into that.”

Playing for a program that McLaughlin has long been a fan of makes Saturday a special day for him.

“I’ve been rooting for Washington Huskies basketball since I was three or four years old,” McLaughlin said. “Playing with Washington on your chest, representing the Huskies on a national stage is big.

“I’ve been watching Lorenzo Romar coach since I was little. This is a dream come true to be able to play for him.”

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