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McLaughlin, Gregory named Tribune-Review's players of the year

| Monday, April 23, 2012, 12:30 a.m.

CIARA GREGORY

JEANNETTE, 5-7, JR., GUARD

When you're not playing basketball, what are some things you like to do?

I try to do a lot of things with my friends and family. My family is important and I try to enjoy being with them.

What's it mean to be a Jayhawk?

It means a lot to be a Jayhawk. The people in the community take their sports really seriously. They always have your back and expect you to carry yourself a certain way.

Your dad, Terry, was an outstanding athlete at Jeannette. What has he taught you?

He's a big influence on my life. He's taught me a lot of things growing up. If I have any problems, he's been there to help me get through it.

What do you want from a college?

I have a lot of schools looking at me. I want a school that will provide me with a good education and an opportunity to play and improve. I'm going to take my time and find that right fit.

You're friends with Terrelle Pryor and Demetrious Cox. What advice have they offered about the recruiting process?

They told me to pick the right place, someplace where I'm comfortable. Terrelle has told me to call anytime I need advice. He's been through the most, the worst and the best.

What's been the most rewarding part of your career at Jeannette?

Just playing with my teammates. I couldn't have achieved what I have without them or my coaches. We won a WPIAL title, we lost a WPIAL title. We've been through it all.

P.J. MCLAUGHLIN

GBG. C.C., 6-7, SR., FORWARD

Which people have had the greatest influence in your life?

Probably my mom and my dad. My mom always taught me to work through stuff and work with people. My dad taught me to never give up and be the best person you can be on the court and off.

Describe your satisfaction with what you've accomplished in basketball.

It would have been nice to win a state championship or a WPIAL championship, but we put GCC on the map in basketball. We won three section championships, and we won a lot of games in three years.

Have you thought about the adjustments you'll make in college?

If I want to get to where I need to be, I'll have to get bigger, faster and stronger. I've got to get completely better at everything.

Besides basketball, what are some of the other things that interest you?

I like to hang out with my friends and family. I like music, but I just like to hang out.

Who are your five all-time favorite basketball players?

Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

What are some of the things you will take from your high school experience?

GCC teaches you how to work with people, different kinds of people, and GCC has all kinds of people. I'm impressed with how there are a lot of kids who know so much about a lot of things other than sports.

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