McLaughlin led the Huskies in scoring last season with 14 PPG. The two-year varsity starter also averaged 4.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals/game. For his efforts, McLaughlin was named to the OK Blue All-Conference 1st Team for the second consecutive year. He was also selected to the Grand Rapids Press All-Area Honor Mention Team as a junior.
McLaughlin scored double-digits in 15 games last season, including a season-high 28 points versus Grand Rapids West Catholic on February 3. He also had season-highs of 9 assists, 9 rebounds and 8 steals during the 2011-12 campaign.
Playing on his future home court in the Cornerstone University Holiday Classic last December, McLaughlin had back-to back scoring games of 15 and 15. He was selected to the All-Tournament Team for his two day performance.
McLaughlin, who plays AAU for the West Michigan Lakers, was selected to two All-Tournament Teams this past summer - the Grand Rapids Storm Classic and the UpNorth Challenge.
McLaughlin will serve as captain for the Huskies this upcoming season for the second consecutive year.
Coach Elders on Michael: "Michael is not biggest, fastest or quickest player, but he can play the game as well as any guard in the area or in the state for that matter. He's smooth and always plays under control. His basketball IQ is off the charts - he really understands the game. Michael can score in a lot of different ways: taking the ball to the hoop, mid-range jumpers and 3's. Michael is also an excellent passer and does a great job finding his teammates and getting them the ball in advantageous scoring positions. He's going to have an outstanding senior season at Northern. Even more than his basketball abilities, Michael is a terrific young man with tremendous character. We're thrilled to have him join our program in 2013."
McLaughlin on why he chose Cornerstone: "I decided on Cornerstone after talking with many of the players on the team. They told me how much they loved CU. I feel very comfortable and at home when I'm with everyone. Also, the two national championship banners hanging up in the arena helped a lot in my decision. All of the coaching staff took the time to really get to know me and make me feel welcomed on the team as well."
In the picture with Michael is his mother Kerrie, his grandmother June Sinkfield and his sister Lauren.
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