McLaughlin down to five, sets three visits

JaQuori McLaughlin has taken the next step in his recruitment as he's narrowed his school list to five and set up official visits to three of those programs.

Three of JaQuori McLaughlin's five allowed official visits have been set up and he has narrowed his school list to five.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound 2016 point guard from Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula is down to Oregon State, Utah, Wisconsin, Gonzaga and Washington, with three of those schools set up for official visits.

McLaughlin's visit to Oregon State will be on Sept. 4.

"Coach (Wayne) Tinkle has a Top 10 class coming in 2015 and sees JaQuori as the missing piece that will be able to be a leader on the floor from the point guard spot," said JaQuori's father, Jason McLaughlin.

The next trip will be to Utah, which will fall on Sept. 11.

"Coach K (Larry Krystkowiak) at Utah has amazing experience as both a player and a coach in the NBA and knows what it takes to prepare kids for the next level," said Jason.

"He compared JaQuori to Delon Wright because of his versatility, unselfishness and commitment as a leader to make his teammates better."

Scout's 46th ranked prospect in 2016 will trip again the following weekend, this time seeing Wisconsin on Sept. 19.

"It's a first class program in Wisconsin that does things the right way with 14 straight NCAA tourneys and back to back Final Fours," said the elder McLaughlin.

Gonzaga and Washington are still being considered for visits, according to Jason McLaughlin.

"Mark Few called and we will most likely visit them also but JaQuori doesn't want to use his visits early," Jason said. "He's still considering Washington depending on how the recruitment with (Markelle) Fultz recruitment shakes out.

"Coach (Lorenzo) Romar has been great. He continues to keep up with JaQuori and our family but is very patient and understanding or the process JaQuori feels he needs to work through.

"Coach (Brian) Michaelson and coach Few of Gonzaga have kept good communication with JaQuori in regards to their interest in him as well."

Jason is pleased with the summer his son had and the opportunities in front of him.

"His summer has worked out exactly the way I hoped it would," he said. "He's (hearing from) programs that fit his personality perfectly that will allow for his development to reach its fullest potential and appreciate him for who he is."

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