WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp announced the signing of a fifth member of her 2016-17 signing class Tuesday, welcoming Karissa McLaughlin to the Boilermaker family. McLaughlin hails from Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she led the Spartans to 103-10 career record and the 2017 Indiana High School 4A State title.
"We added one of the great guards in Boilermaker history today,” said Versyp. “All of our 3-point records went on watch the moment Karissa decided to join us. She brings an extensive combo guard experience to our program with outstanding court presence, showing her ability to play the 1 or the 2."
McLaughlin scored a Homestead-record 2,586 points in her high school career, including a single-season record 778 as a senior. She’s a three-time First Team All-State honoree, the 2017 Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year and a finalist for Indiana Miss Basketball, set to be announced April 27. She received a variety of top-100 national recruiting rankings, including the No. 21 player in the nation from ProspectsNation.com, and was a nominee for the McDonald’s All-America game.
“You don’t often get a chance to recruit a player like Karissa, let alone a second chance,” said Versyp. “She’s an incredible human being of the highest character, we’re blessed to have her call herself a Boilermaker and can’t wait to have her join us in West Lafayette.”
McLaughlin joins November signees Léony Boudreau, Fatou Diagne, Tamara Farquhar and Dani Lawson in the 2016-17 signing class, now matching the largest class signed by Versyp in her 11-year tenure at Purdue.
• Four-year letterwinner at Homestead High School
• Led the Spartans to a 103-10 mark over her four-year career, including the 2017 Indiana High School 4A State Championship and a 42-0 career record at home
• Posted 29 points and six assists in the state title victory
• Added four sectional championships, four conference titles, three regional championships and two semi-state titles
• Scored a school-record 2,586 career points at Homestead, adding all-time marks for free throw percentage (92 percent), single-season scoring (778), single-game scoring (40) and single-game 3’s (12)
• Her career scoring total is ranked in the top-10 all-time in Indiana
• Averaged 25.9 points, 5.6 assists and shot 46.1 percent from 3-point range in her senior season, including 29 points in the state title game
• Tallied 24.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.7 steals per game in her junior season, leading Homestead to the state semifinals
• Averaged 23.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals as a sophomore, leading Homestead to Indiana State 4A Runner-Up honors
• Led team to sectional and conference championships as a freshman, posting 16.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game
• Homestead honor roll and National Honor Society honoree
• Coached by Rod Parker
• 2017 Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year
• 2017 Indiana Miss Basketball Finalist
• McDonald’s All-America nominee
• Tabbed the No. 21 overall player and No. 4 guard nationally by Prospects Nation
• Tabbed a 4.5 star player and No. 57 overall by Jump Off Plus
• Rated No. 61 player in the country and No. 10 point guard by ESPN HoopGurlz
• Rated No. 75 player overall by Blue Star Basketball
• Member of the 2017 Indiana Senior All-Star core team and 2016 Indiana Junior All-Star core team
• Three-time First Team All-State honoree (2015-17)
• 2017 MaxPreps Fifth Team All-American
• Hails from the same high school as Purdue men’s basketball All-American Caleb Swanigan (Homestead)
• Played AAU with Nike Lady Gym Rats under James Banks
• Full name: Karissa Ilene McLaughlin
• Intended Major: Management
• Birthday: Oct. 29, 1998
• City Born: Warsaw, Ind.
• Parents: Bert and Sheila McLaughlin
• Siblings: Brother, Braxton and sister, Kendall