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RenoZag
01-22-2008, 11:37 AM
From the Reno Gazette-Journal:


Mark McLaughlin, who in November signed a letter of intent to play for Nevada in the 2008-09 season, has left his high school basketball team to concentrate on academics to prepare for enrolling and playing at Nevada.

The 6-foot-5 McLaughlin played in 12 games, averaging 21.3 points per game, for Inglemoor High of Kenmore, Wash., before leaving the team last Tuesday.

"It's a decision we made as a family," said McLaughlin's mother, Maureen, on Monday. "The academics were more important than the basketball.

"He's doing his normal high school work, getting ready for finals, prepping for the SAT this weekend and he's doing extra course work outside of his high school work."

McLaughlin was the second-leading scorer in Washington's King County and is rated the No. 16 shooting guard in the national by Scout.com.

lawzag
01-23-2008, 12:09 PM
for those not from Washington, this is the first year that graduating seniors have to pass a test called the WASL in order to get their diploma. If they were unable to pass that test in the 5 tries allowed over the last 2 years, they can elect to do a "graduation" project that involves lots of hours of busy work to supposedly prove they learned something during their 12 yrs in school (oops, is my opinion of this whole system showing...:o ).

Anyway, sounds like perhapsthis might be the issue he has & needs to concentrate his time on that so he can get his diploma & go to college to play BB ... just mho... but that's what it sounds like.

Akzag
01-23-2008, 03:55 PM
thanks for that information, law.

sittingon50
01-23-2008, 10:42 PM
My school district requires ALL students to do this project for graduation, law (2 down, 1 to go) regardless of test scores. While in theory it is a terrific idea & some students do some really involved things, most of it has morphed to busy work, as you allude to.