Vincent Edward Mendoza
With the second evaluation period well under way the Arizona coaching staff is well traveled hitting southern California hard this week and one of those stops is at the Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament in Anaheim where you will find 6’3 170 pound point guard JaQuori McLaughlin.
The 2016 Washington native is drawing interest from nearly all Pac-12 schools and recently listed a top 5 that includes Arizona. PGU caught up with McLaughlin to talk about what coaches are involved with him and his overall thoughts on Arizona.
The right system is everything for McLaughlin.
“Playing point guard, getting my teammates involved but also scoring the ball when I have to but also just being pesky on the ball. Just playing great defense,” he said.
When thinking of a school McLaughlin identified a few key factors.
“Somewhere that allows me just to do what I do as a point guard. Just to get shots up and also look for my teammates. Being with a coaching staff that will feel comfortable to allow me to do that,” he said.
When it comes to Arizona, former assistant coach Damon Stoudamire was initially involved with McLaughlin, however, since his departure not much has changed as his lead recruiters switched from Stoudamire to newly hired assistant Mark Phelps with head coach Sean Miller being heavily involved as well.
“Mainly coach Miller and coach Phelps have been recruiting me the hardest from Arizona. I talk to them pretty much every week. They text me every day so they’re on me pretty hard so we’re keeping that relationship strong.”
“I think it’s a good thing,” he added. “I get to know more about the coaches and they get to know more about me and how they are in their normal lives other than coaching.” Being from Washington, McLaughlin is very familiar with Arizona saying, “I watched a lot of Arizona games. The style they play is really up-tempo, really gritty on defense and really structured on offense but they also let their guys go too which makes it really attractive to me.”
Interest exists from both McLaughlin and Arizona and a visit is coming up soon for the four-star point guard. “I’ll be out there in August. I’m not too sure on the date yet but it’s going to be cool to the see the campus, see the coaching staff and to see what Arizona is all about.”
With no timetable in place McLaughlin is taking his time this go-around telling PGU, “I just want to be patient so I can see what is out there and make the right decision on a school.”