Double Pump: JaQuori McLaughlin

ANAHEIM, Calif. - JaQuori McLaughlin continued his successful July this week at the Double Pump Best of Summer. Scout caught up with the 2016 point guard.

Playing at Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula while off the shoe company AAU circuit with Team ACCESS, JaQuori McLaughlin definitely hasn’t received the same amount of views as many prospects ranked in Scout’s Top 100.

But over the first two weeks of the July Evaluation Period, McLaughlin has lived up to his stock heading into the summer.

While Scout has McLaughlin currently slotted at shooting guard, he’s become much more of a point guard over the last year and will be positioned as such the next time we update rankings.

McLaughlin’s size at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds to go along with his ability to pass and shoot has helped make him a highly coveted recruit on the west.

The two most recent offers for McLaughlin are California and Utah.

“I’m really interested in those two schools and looking forward to building a relationship with their coaching staffs,” McLaughlin said.

“I know that Cal has a good class coming in in 2015 and that their coaching staff is hungry to win. I’ve watched Utah a lot and know that they’ve got a great environment. They’ve got guys coming in who are solid.”

The rising senior listed Arizona, Gonzaga, Wisconsin, Washington and Stanford as the other schools he’s hearing from the most, with two of those programs set to receive official visits.

“I’m going to take visits to Arizona and Gonzaga,” McLaughlin said. “Arizona gets a lot of guys to the league. I love the players they have and they’re already in the tournament.

“Gonzaga is always in the tournament, they develop their players once they get there and it’s close to home. I could come in and learn from Nigel Williams-Goss as a freshman and play after that.”

With more schools getting added to McLaughlin’s recruitment, the former Washington and Oregon State decommit says he’s as open as he’s ever been.

“It’s more open now,” he said. “I’m going to be patient, take all my visits and make sure I make the right decision. I’ll make a decision whenever it feels right.”

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