Breaking down McLaughlin's game

Washington is landing an important commitment in 2016 combo guard JaQuori McLaughlin. Scout breaks down his game.

On Saturday, Washington picked up a big commitment from a local talent.

JaQuori McLaughlin, a 6-foot-3, 160-pound 2016 combo guard from Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula, committed to the Huskies, he informed Scout.com.

The four-star prospect is a big commitment for Washington due to his talent and versatility.

Breaking down McLaughlin’s game

A combo guard with nice size and length, McLaughlin is extremely physically immature and facially looks like a kid who could continue to grow. Even if he doesn’t, he has a long way to go strength wise and the fact that he's so productive already is only a good thing.

McLaughlin plays hard and with a purpose on both sides of the court. He's ball dominant and has a lot of point guard qualities. His scoring ability has made Scout list him a two over one for now, but he’s a legit combo and could absolutely end up a full time one down the line.

Because the ball is usually in his hands, the majority of jumpers he takes are off the pull, but he's a very good shooter from three. Also a capable shooter from midrange, McLaughlin can knock down step-back jumpers and runners. He sees the court well and is a pretty good passer.

His body control is impressive and uses that and his shiftiness to take defenders off the dribble and get to the basket. McLaughlin appears to be a competitive kid and takes defense seriously; he seems to take pride in guarding the opposing team's best player.

This is a kid who is just scratching the surface of his potential and is certainly a very good pickup for the Huskies.

What’s this mean for Washington?

Anytime you can keep a local Top 100 talent that fits your system, it’s an important commitment, so wrapping up McLaughlin early is big for the Huskies.

Washington will need guards to replace Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews, and in the 2015 class the Huskies signed one point guard who is much more of a scorer in David Crisp.

Landing a combo in McLaughlin – who you could argue has more upside as a one than Crisp – is a big deal for Washington.

With continued development, McLaughlin is a prospect who could be a very successful player in Seattle.


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