Sitting midcourt in the Tacoma Community College gym where he starred last season, Mark McLaughlin signed scholarship papers with Washington this morning.
“It feels good to finally sign and make it official,” he said. “I’m ready to get started in the summer and I look forward to starting my career there.”
Surrounded by TCC coach Carl Howell and trainer Clint Parks, McLaughlin wore a purple Washington sweater and said he wasn’t nervous about making a commitment to the Huskies.
“I’m just real excited,” he said. “It’s a big day for me and my family. They’re really excited and really proud of me. They’re ready for me to take the next step. TCC has been great to me. Coach Howell has been a wonderful coach for me. It’s been a great experience. I had the best time ever playing basketball. I’m ready to take that over to UW and work even harder.”
McLaughlin said he took a week off after guiding the Titans to a 26-5 record and at Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges title.
The 6-6 guard has worked daily with Parks on mid-range jumpers, three-point shots, improving his ball handling and finishing at the rim. He also wants to get stronger in the weight room and improve his conditioning.
“Never make the same mistake twice,” McLaughlin said noting his two-year career at Seattle University. “I didn’t work hard enough at Seattle U. so I got to work extra hard at UW.”
He finishes classes at TCC on June 5 and will enroll in summer classes at UW.
Washington has two scholarships available and is reportedly looking to sign a big man.
Photo credit: TCC
April 11, 2012 at 8:40 AM
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