JaQuori McLaughlin is a big commitment for Oregon State. Scout breaks down his game.
JaQuori McLaughlin ended his recruitment on Friday when the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula combo guard committed to Oregon State.
The four-star prospect, ranked 79th in 2016 by Scout, gives Oregon State a versatile talent who can play on and off the ball.
McLaughlin is a combo guard with pretty good size and okay length. He’s not necessarily going to blow you away with his quickness but he is a legitimate athlete; McLaughlin was tested as having a 39-inch max vertical at the Under-Armour All-American Camp in July.
At 6-3 with a 6-3.5 wingsoan, McLaughlin has the size – and skill set - to play either the one or two at the next level.
McLaughlin came up as more of a two than a one, but he's become a pretty ball dominant player and is clearly more comfortable on the ball, even if he’s a rare combo guard that isn’t outspoken about the fact that he’s a point guard.
He is a talented shooter and has good vision. He tends to be shoot-first, but in his defense he’s mostly been on teams that needs him to score and he doesn’t usually take too many bad shots.
While McLaughlin can hit midrange jumpers, he's best shooting from three. There are some concerns with his handle and quickness against ball pressure at the high major level, which will be areas to watch. His vision is the area that gives him the most hope on the ball.
He's usually a pretty good defender and his long arms and size help him at that end of the court. As he gets stronger and takes in coaching, he’ll only improve defensively.
He's going to need to improve his handle and make quicker decisions with the ball but he definitely has upside if he's able to make strides in those two areas.
This is no doubt a big commitment for Oregon State’s program.