McLaughlin leaves

JaQuori McLaughlin, seen guarding Utah's Sedrick Barefield last year, has decided to leave Oregon State. 

Mid-Valley Media, file

Sophomore guard JaQuori McLaughlin has decided to leave the Oregon State men’s basketball program.

Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle made the announcement in a statement Friday afternoon.

McLaughlin has asked for his release and will seek to transfer after finishing the current academic term.

The Port Angeles, Washington, native averaged 2.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals and 26 minutes this season while starting five of the six games.

A point guard, McLaughlin was struggling to define his on-court role on the team. He moved to the bench in the team’s last game, against Marist last Sunday in an Orlando tournament, and played just seven minutes.

“I would first like to thank coach Tinkle for providing such a tremendous opportunity as a student-athlete during my time at Oregon State University,” McLaughlin said. “He is a wonderful coach and person who takes great pride in doing things the right way. Sometimes in life things don’t always work out as planned, whether it be a job or a personal relationship, and tough decisions have to be made. Those decisions can be tough for adults in their daily lives, and can be magnified even more so for a teenager such as myself.

“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. After much thought I informed the coaching staff that I will no longer remain a member of the Beaver basketball team. It is truly a humbling experience to look in the mirror and decide that a change such as this is needed to help impact both myself and the OSU basketball program to be able to be successful in the long term. This was an important decision that I did not take lightly and I apologize to the fans that have been supportive and treated me so well, even through tough times. It is my hope that even without specific details you can still try to understand that this was about so much more than basketball.

“There is no doubt that Oregon State basketball is in the right hands and headed in the right direction. My family will always be thankful to the OSU coaching staff, my teammates, the athletic department, OSU and the great people that have supported me during my time in Corvallis.”

Added Tinkle: “Like all of the programs at Oregon State, we hold our student-athletes to a high level of expectations on the court, off the court and in the classroom. Unfortunately sometimes that can be too much to ask for. JaQuori is a great kid with a tremendous heart and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

McLaughlin started 30 of 32 games as a true freshman last season. He averaged 10.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 33.8 minutes.

His 1,083 minutes were the second most by a freshman in program history, behind only Gary Payton. He made an OSU freshman record 58 3-pointers, seventh most on the school's single-season list.

McLaughlin graduated from Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, Washington. He was a consensus four-star player and ranked among the top 100 players in the nation in his graduating class by three major sites.

He was named Mr. Basketball in Washington after averaging 19.3 points, 9.1 assists and 5.5 steals as a senior. 

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