Mark McLaughlin commits to UW

Mark McLaughlin, a 6-6 205-pound combo guard from Bothell, gave a verbal commitment to attend Washington next year.

McLaughlin averaged 28 points per game for Tacoma Community College and also had scholarship offers from Gonzaga, Oregon State, and West Virginia. McLaughlin led the nation in scoring and led the Titan's in every statistical category except rebounds & steals in route to being named the regional MVP.

"I committed to Washington last night over the phone to Coach Romar. He was really happy. We have a very good relationship and it's a great situation for me," McLaughlin told Kim Grinolds this morning,

"They have a very guard oriented offense, so I have to be ready to work hard so I can contribute."

McLaughlin is a scoring machine, but his length allows him to hit both the offensive and defensive boards aggressively.

"I can do a little bit of everything," said McLaughlin.

"I am working on my strength now, and my defense. I want to get those two things improved."

Washington recruited him out of Inglemoor high school but he wasn't ready at that time for Division I hoops.

"I was really immature then. I just had to grow up, and I did that at Tacoma Community College. I had to learn how to handle tough times when things weren't going well. Now I'm ready to enjoy the good times."

What was it that turned him around?

"I love basketball and the way I was going, it wasn't going to be in my future. But my coaches here (particularly head coach Carl Howell) really helped me both on and off the court to get to where I needed to be."

Howell was quoted earlier this year as calling McLaughlin "a pure scorer. He is a good 3-pt shooter, has a great midrange game and is a very good post up player for a guard. He is very unselfish, It is rare to see a player average 28 points per game and also lead your team in assists. In my opinion he is the most complete scorer I have seen in my time in the NWAACC."

Despite heavy interest from Gonzaga, McLaughlin was waiting for another offer and when it came, it was game over.

"That was my dream, growing up a Husky fan. Now I want to make the most of it and do whatever it takes to get some wins."

"Once Ross and Wroten decided to go to the NBA, it really was a perfect opportunity for me to come in and contribute. I am so excited."

McLaughlin was emphatic about his excitement to play with the returning Huskies.

"CJ (Wilcox) is a phenomenal player, and Aziz (N'Diaye) is a really tough post. I really look forward to playing with those guys."

He will enroll in the summer and will have two years to complete two years of eligibility.

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