JaQuori McLaughlin has three schools remaining on his list. The father of the four-star prospect breaks down his son's finalists.
JaQuori McLaughlin has narrowed his school list to three, officially visited all of his finalists and is approaching a decision.
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard from Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula is down to Wisconsin - which he visited this weekend - Utah and Oregon State.
Jason McLaughlin, the father of Scout's 79th ranked 2016 prospect, broke down what his son likes about all three finalists.
Wisconsin: "What's not to like about Wisconsin? They're an amazing program. I think Bo Ryan is a Hall of Fame coach. I think his longtime assistant, Greg Gard, is amazing. They make the tournament every single year, they bring in guys who play the right way and just want to work hard and compete.
"The results have spoken for themselves the last couple years by making back to back Final Fours. The Big Ten is such a big sports conference and their fans turn out. It was a lot of fun seeing that environment. It was a really good trip."
Utah: "Utah is going to be a big time force in the Pac-12. It's a school that has a history of successful basketball programs. Larry Krystkowiak has the program on track to do what they did when Rick Majerus was there. They have a diehard fan base as well. Them and Arizona probably have the fans which pack the arena the most in the Pac-12.
"Their athletic director has been there near 30 years and is super supportive of the programs and coaches. As a parent I feel like my son would have a lot of support from the administration. They also have a brand new practice facility that is probably by far the best in the Pac-12 and likely the best on the West Coast. No one has better facilities than them. It's a pretty up and coming program."
: "We're very familiar with Oregon State. Over the years, JaQuori has been there a lot for camps. He loves Corvallis; I think it's a great college town. Wayne Tinkle is really putting something together there. They're going to be an up and coming program.
"I think they're going to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since Gary Payton was there. They have a great group of kids and players there. We're really excited about their future and think JaQuori fits in with what they do."
According to JaQuori's father, all three finalists are even at this point.
"As a parent, I feel good about him choosing any of those three schools," Jason said. "We've put a lot of time and research into those schools and those are the ones he felt mostly strong about visiting. I feel confident that he'll have a great experience at all three of those schools.
"Me and my wife are completely comfortable with all of those schools; they're all on equal ground. They all have strengths which separate themselves. I'm letting him process this thing but I think they're all equal right now."
Look for JaQuori to make a decision sooner rather than later.
"I think he knows everything that he needs to know at this point," Jason said. "These schools have been recruiting him for a while. He knows everything about their personnel and coaches. I don't think there's much else for him to consider, it's just working through those three schools and figuring out where his heart takes him."