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April 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Video highlights of UW recruit Mark McLaughlin

It’s a little raw, but here’s a video highlight clip of Mark McLaughlin, the Tacoma Community College star who committed to Washington. The 6-6, 200-pound guard is wearing No. 32.
TCC coach Carl Howell compared McLaughlin favorably to Tre Simmons, the former Green River CC star who played two years with the Huskies and earned first-team all-Pac-10 honors in 2005.
“They’re similar size,” Howell said. “Tre was probably a better pure shooter from the three-point line, Mark’s game is more diverse. He’s a better passer and a better scorer off the dribble. Mark has all the tools to be successful at that level.”
The video is a compilation of highlights from McLaughlin’s 2011-12 season when he led the Titans to a 26-5 record and its first Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship since 2002.
He averaged 27.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 31 games. Here’s a look at his final statistics from the season that includes stats from each game.
It’s impossible to learn much from a 74-second highlight package, but its apparent McLaughlin is able to dribble, drive and finish with both hands. He appears to be right handed, but at the 27-second mark he drives left and and banks in a layup with his off hand.
I vaguely remember McLaughlin being a catch-and-shoot scorer during his brief time at Seattle University, but in these clips he’s showing offensive versatility. He’s scoring on pull-up jumpers, dunking in traffic and creating shots for teammates. He also appears to have good range and nails a couple of long jumpers from NBA three-point range.
Does any of this mean McLaughlin is ready to step in and immediately make a significant contribution for the Huskies next season? That’s debatable.
Coach Lorenzo Romar made it clear the other day he’s putting an emphasis on perimeter defense so if McLaughlin is unable to learn and master UW’s complicated defensive schemes, then he’s unlikely to receive much time on the court.
At that very least, you can discern from the video that McLaughlin has a scorer’s mentality and is offensively proficient. At the very least those traits should help him make the transition to big-time Division I basketball.
Also thanks to a poster for passing along a link to a December 2007 game between McLaughlin’s Inglemoor High team and Tony Wroten Jr.’s squad at Garfield.

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