One-time Washington Husky Mark McLaughlin returns to Montlake with the Division II Central Washington Wildcats for tonight’s 7 p.m. exhibition against Washington.
“I don’t think it will be too weird,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar, noting former players Phil Nelson and Adrian Oliver returned to UW.
However, the major difference in this case is McLaughlin spent just four months with the Huskies last summer before walking away from the team.
Central Washington coach Greg Sparling said the well-traveled McLaughlin, who has ties to nine schools in six years, has found a home with the Wildcats. He averaged 22.8 points last season.
“I think he’s comfortable here,” Sparling said. “I think that’s a HUGE word here. He’s comfortable here in Ellensburg.”
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Oregon sophomores Dominic Artis and Ben Carter were suspended by the team for selling shoes provided to them by the university. They could miss between 10-15 games for the NCAA violation. The Ducks self-reported the violations. Artis has star potential, but losing Carter, a 6-8 forward, is bigger blow because Oregon has very little front court depth. Here’s a look a the sporty green sneakers Artis and Carter reportedly sold.
— Arizona State’s Jahii Carson and Arizona’s Aaron Gordon are the only two Pac-12 players selected to the 15-player Oscar Robertson Trophy Preseason Watch List.
— Arizona big man Zach Peters, who transferred from Kansas, has been medically cleared to play. He was held out of full contact in practice after suffering five concussions the past two years.
— Gordon is dealing with a nagging groin injury.
— In case you missed it, here’s the Arizona Republic’s 64-page college basketball preview. You got to check out the cover, which features a cartoon depiction of Gordon.
— After a turbulent freshman year, UCLA center Tony Parker lost 20 pounds, which he said helps his endurance.
— USC senior center Omar Oraby is proud of his Egyptian heritage.
— It’s Year 3 of Larry Krystkowiak’s restoration project at Utah, but folks are asking are the Utes ready for the next step?
— Colorado redshirt freshman forward Chris Jenkins is transferring.
— A few Pac-12 notes before the season begins Friday.