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March 27, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Former UW player invited to Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

There’s no doubt Mark McLaughlin could have helped Washington the past two seasons. The high-scoring, well-traveled guard spent four months with the Huskies in 2012 before both sides agreed to part ways for reasons that still remain somewhat murky. But this much is clear, McLaughlin gets buckets. At Central Washington, he led all Division II…

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November 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Morning links: Mark McLaughlin returns; Oregon players suspended

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…

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August 17, 2012 at 9:24 AM

UW forward Jernard Jarreau: “I’m up to 214″

Washington will replace Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. – its two leading scorers who were taken in the first round of the NBA draft – with redshirt freshmen Jernard Jarreau and Andrew Andrews.
On paper it seems like significant losses and minimal gains for a Huskies team that won the Pac-12 regular season title, but missed the NCAA tournament.
Still, Jarreau believes UW can be as good or better than last year’s squad. He said the defense and team chemistry should be improved. He’s also hoping to find a role in the rotation and may challenge for a starting spot.
It’s seems clear Jarreau is battling Desmond Simmons, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Martin Breuning for minutes at power forward.
At 6-10, Jarreau is taller than the other three and his 7-foot-7 wingspan makes him an exceptional shot blocker. He can also knock down mid-ranger jumpers. However, last year he reported to UW weighing 195 pounds quickly learned he was too light to play in the post.
In the past year, he’s gained weight and experience that should help him this season.
Here’s an interview with Jarreau.

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August 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Impact of losing Mark McLaughlin

The shock of losing Mark McLaughlin is starting to fade and the Huskies must now face the difficult task of replacing the talented newcomer who was expected to provide a significant scoring punch for a team that lost its top two scorers. At 6-6 and 220 pounds, McLaughlin might have played as many as three positions…

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August 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Reaction to Mark McLaughlin leaving UW

Mark McLaughlin’s tenure at Washington lasted four months, which given his vagabond past maybe shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
However, when he signed with the Huskies on April 11, we sat in an office at Tacoma Community College – his former school – and he told me all about how much he’s changed.
Like most I was skeptical given he had been affiliated with six schools in five years.
On the day he committed to the Huskies, he talked about maturing at TCC.
He credited Titans coach Carl Howell and his son Jaylen who turned three in April for turning his life around and making him focus on what’s important. He said Washington was his dream school and seemed genuinely committed to making a successful run at UW.
“I’ve grown up,” McLaughlin said at the time. “I’ve learned a lot about becoming a man, and men stick with their commitments. They don’t go back on them. I wouldn’t want my son to go back on something he told me.
“I know I had a rough past but all I can do is keep on persevering from what I did this year and continue to show people that I’m maturing. That’s really all I can do.”
So far McLaughlin has yet to explain why he’s walking away from his seventh school and coach Lorenzo Romar shed little light on the situation in a statement released by the school.
Without the benefit of more information, McLaughlin’s situation appears strange. Initially he said all the right things. The Washington players spoke positively about him and his future seemed bright at UW where he was slated to help fill the scoring void created when Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. left early for the NBA.
Here’s reaction from Howell, who admittedly is one of McLaughlin’s staunchest supporters. The pair led TCC to a 26-5 record and at Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges title last season. McLaughlin averaged 28.4 points, which led the community college ranks in scoring.

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August 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Mark McLaughlin leaves Washington

Before playing a game or practicing with the team, newcomer Mark McLaughlin is leaving Washington. “Mark McLaughlin has decided to leave the University of Washington to pursue other opportunities,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by the school this morning. “Although he was only here for a short time, we enjoyed working with…

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August 7, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Wilcox, Simmons star in summer league

It’s difficult to know just how much stock anyone should put into performances by Washington players at the North Seattle Community College Summer League.
For most Huskies, a typical summer Monday begins at 7 a.m. with weight lifting and conditioning followed by breakfast, tutoring, summer school classes, lunch, individual workouts with UW coaches, an hour or two of pickup games at Hec Ed and a quick dinner usually on the go before a game at NSCC.
“I wouldn’t look into these games too much,” senior co-captain Scott Suggs said. “We get to play with another UW player so there’s a little bit of chemistry there, but this could be like our fourth or fifth (strenuous) thing we’re doing and sometimes you’re just exhausted.
“We’re out here trying to win. The competitiveness comes out. You’re tired, but you want to win. But compared to a real game, it’s not a fair comparison. It would be a lot more effort put into it if we were playing a real game.”
Still senior co-captain Abdul Gaddy believes the summer league games gives players a chance to develop habits and build confidence that could help them during the season.
“I’m trying to win,” he said. “I’m trying to win no matter what I’m playing. You’re just trying to win every time and that just builds up so when the season comes, that’s how you play. You compete in practice. You compete and want to win and that carries over into the game.”

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August 6, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Simmons, Stewart vs. Kemp, Andrews headline matchups at NSCC

There’s several interesting matchups at the North Seattle Community College Summer League tonight. In one game redshirt freshman Andrew Andrews and sophomore big man Shawn Kemp Jr. are scheduled to take on sophomores Hikeem Stewart and Desmond Simmons. Simmons and Kemp are likely the two leading candidates to fill the void at power forward while Andrews and…

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July 30, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Fun matchups at NSCC Summer League

Perhaps the most intriguing matchup at the North Seattle Community College Summer League tonight features a battle between two Washington teammates vying for minutes in the low post. Sophomore big man Shawn Kemp Jr. and freshman guard Andrew Andrews will take on freshman forward Jernard Jarreau and Mark McLaughlin. Kemp and Jerreau will likely compete for minutes…

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