McLaughlin Measures His Top 5

In July, Mark McLaughlin put himself back on the market. As programs slowly realized he was no longer property of Washington State, interest mounted. Next up for this Top 100 prospect is turning interest to offers after a series of home visits.

There was a time when Kenmore (Wash.) Inglewood shooting guard Mark McLaughlin had a top school. Before the summer began he was committed to Washington State. That commitment dissolved and now's No. 77 prospect is sporting a top five of California, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee and Illinois.

"All are coming to my house and I think they'll offer during the in-home visit," McLaughlin said. Illinois and Nevada, according to McLaughlin offered in advance of the visit.

Nevada has popped up on the list of plenty of good players this year. It should wind up with an all-american in Luke Babbitt. Now recruits are taking notice of what Mark Fox is building en masse.

They're all pretty even but if I had a leader it would be Nevada because I've been talking to them the most," McLaughlin said. "Luke Babbitt's going there. Marcellus Kemp goes there and I've known him for a while. Lyndale Burleson goes there and he played for Rotary. As a freshman I think I'd go in and play against North Carolina."

Washington State's relationship with the wing deteriorated once the commitment fell through and the Cougars are no longer in the mix. "I couldn't see myself being out there for four years. I don't think the coaches were too happy with me but I rushed my decision. I liked my visit but I couldn't see myself being there for 4 years."

McLaughlin does not have any official visits set up to date. Nevada comes into his home on Sept. 12. California (9/13), Oregon (9/17) and Illinois (9/18) are scheduled. He's not sure when the Volunteers would stop by.

While McLaughlin hosts colleges, the plan is to evaluate them after the home visit, making sure they all offer and give him options. What happens if all five don't come with offers? "If that happened it would depend. I'd have to look at my other options and see what's on the table. I could end up at Nevada."

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