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TCC’s Mark McLaughlin Commits to UW Huskies

TCC’s Mark McLaughlin Commits to UW Huskies imagePosted: 4/4/2012 3:24:00 PM

Washington's college basketball newsies are all over the info that Tacoma Community College sophomore guard Mark McLaughlin has given a verbal commitment to Head Coach Lorenzo Romar and the Washington Huskies. McLaughlin was named this year's NWAACC Western Region Most Valuable Player and earned 1st Team NWAACC Tournament honors.

TCC Head Basketball Coach Carl Howell was interviewed about McLaughlin's decision on KJR sports radio.

"He had one of the greatest years ever by a NWAAC player, in my opinion," said Howell.

McLaughlin led the TCC Titans to the 2012 NWAACC Men's Basketball Championship, while leading the nation's 2 year colleges in scoring at 28.4 points per game during the regular season.

McLaughlin averaged 8.1 rebounds. He shot 51% from the field and 38% from the 3 point line and led the Titans with 3.0 assists per game. He had 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists in the 110-98 NWAACC Championship game victory over Chemeketa. The Titans finished with a 26-5 record and their 2nd NWAACC Title under TCC Coach Carl Howell.

"It has always been my dream to play for the University of Washington. It hasn't been the straightest path to get here but, it's where I'm supposed to be," said McLaughlin.

He also thinks Coach Romar is the right fit for him. "I had a great relationship with Coach (Carl ) Howell on and off the floor, he really cares about his players. I feel I will have the same type of relationship with Coach ( Lorenzo) Romar, he is a player's coach who really develops strong relationships."

"We are all very happy for Mark. Not only is he a great player, he is a great young man. He will have a major impact next year as he fills a need for Lorenzo on the wing," said Howell. "He led us to a NWAACC Championship and his unselfishness made our others guys better players. Not often can you say a player who leads the country in scoring is that unselfish."

After winning a second NWAACC tournament -- 10 years after his first victory in 2002 -- Howell has been voted the 2011-12 NWAACC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year.

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