It appears that Jaquori McLaughlin has played his last game as a member of Oregon State's basketball team.
Breaking: JaQuori McLaughlin has asked for his release from Oregon State men's basketball and will transfer.— Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran) December 1, 2017
The sophomore came to Oregon State prior to last season and immediately started as a freshman, averaging nearly 34 minutes per game. Though the Beavers had an overall record of 5-27, McLaughlin was a bright spot throughout the year as he posted per-game averages—as a freshman—of 10.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
It was expected that McLaughlin would play a big role this season as well, but the last few games have seen a drastic decrease in McLaughlin's minutes as his on-court performance was less productive than his talent might suggest. However, statements made by those close to the program indicate that McLaughlin has some off-court concerns to address before he is able to play anywhere, let alone Oregon State.
JaQuori McLaughlin on leaving @BeaverMBB “Being a student-athlete is a lot of work and there are some challenges that I’ve been faced with that have impacted me and kept me from being able to compete to the best of my ability in a way that would help my team win games."— Amy Schwartz (@TheAmySchwartz) December 2, 2017
McLaughlin, a four-star recruit by a number of scouts, originally came to Corvallis by way of Peninsula high school in Gig Harbor, Washington. While there, McLaughlin earned the Mr. Basketball award for Washington, an award given to the most exemplary basketball player—on and off the court—in the state.
His departure will leave the Beavers with only four players that have meaningful collegiate experience as starters: Tres Tinkle, Drew Eubanks, Stephen Thompson Jr., and Ethan Thompson. With McLaughlin no longer a member of the team, I'd expect four-star freshman Alfred Hollins to get a much larger workload, as he was already beginning to cut into McLaughlin's minutes with strong play as of late.
Beaver Nation wishes McLaughlin all the best as he moves forward.