THE JUNIOR college star being chased in recent months by Huggins apparently has decided to stay close to home. Mark McLaughlin, a 6-foot-6 shooter from Tacoma (Wash.) Community College, committed earlier this week to Washington.
McLaughlin led junior colleges in scoring this season, averaging 28.4 points per game, and if WVU had a real need off its 19-14 season, it was for a shooter ... not to mention some more roster maturity. McLaughlin also considered WVU, Gonzaga, Hawaii and Oregon State.
As it stands for 2012-13, Huggins' roster has two seniors, one junior, seven sophomores (including walk-on Paul Williamson) and four freshmen.
While McLaughlin would have filled a Mountaineer need, he's also well traveled. Since 2007, he has committed to Washington State, signed with Nevada, went to a New Hampshire prep school, landed briefly at Baylor, moved home to Seattle University and then bolted for junior college.
And it's not exactly that Huggins' program has gotten the expected from its past JUCO recruits. For various reasons, things just haven't worked out all that well with Dee Proby, Casey Mitchell and Dom Rutledge, right?
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WITH THE rumor mill in full force about the possibility of Pitt Coach Jamie Dixon moving to his alma mater, TCU - now that the Horned Frogs are in the Big 12 - the realization is that it would probably take about $2 million annually to get Dixon to the Fort Worth school.
Dixon is making a reported $1.75 million annually at Pitt, which is headed to the ACC.
However, a Dixon move would certainly heighten what's becoming more of a "coaches' league" in hoops ... Huggins joins Bill Self, Lon Kruger, Rick Barnes, Scott Drew, Travis Ford, Fred Hoiberg, Bruce Weber and Billy Gillsipie and a TCU coach to be named.
Among that impressive bunch, Huggins ranks third on the pay scale. His contracted deal goes up by $200,000 early next month to $2.3 million for 2012-13. Only Kansas' Self ($3.64 million) and Barnes of Texas ($2.4 million) are ahead of Huggins, who ranked fourth in hoops coaches' pay in the Big East.
Self, Huggins, Drew, Kruger and Barnes are all among the top 25 on that aforementioned Hoop Scoop top coaches list, too.
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