HOOPS: Top West Coast SG at WSU this weekend

ERNIE KENT IS making some early Class of 2016 recruiting waves at Washington State. JaQuori McLaughlin, an in-state prospect from Gig Harbor considered one of the top guard prospects on the West Coast in the class of ’16, will unofficially take in the Washington State experience this weekend.

McLaughlin (pictured) out of Peninsula High is rated four-stars and the No. 11 shooting guard prospect nationally for the '16 crop by Scout.com.

McLaughlin was considered a huge recruiting win for former Oregon State coach Craig Robinson in September of last year but Robinson was later fired, McLaughlin opened things back up in May. McLaughlin was named the 2014 Tacoma Athletic Commission Athlete of The Year, averaging 19.8 ppg, shooting 45 percent from the field. He was named SPSL 3A first team and averaged 4.1 steals, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 blocks per game.

"Phenomenal athlete that can shoot anywhere on the court," says Peninsula coach Jake Jackson. "Awesome vision and facilitator that can break any player off of the dribble all while keeping his head up. One of the highest basketball IQ's I have ever been around at the college or high school level."

Washington State has three verbal commitments in the 2015 class, with the latest coming this week in forward Robert Franks, a three-star in-state prospect out of Vancouver's Evergreen High.

Franks is 6-8, 220-pounds and is ticketed at the four spot for the Cougars. As a junior this past season, he averaged 19 points and eight rebounds per game.

Franks is joined in the Cougs' '15 class by two other 6-8 hoopers -- JUCO product Derrien King (6-8, 175) out Santa Monica and Jeff Pollard (Bountiful, Utah), a 6-8, 215-pounder known for his defense and who nearly averaged a double-double his junior season at Bountiful High (9 points, 11 rebounds per game).

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