Harry McLaughlin, who played from 1946-47 until 1949-50, was arguably the first "great" in Pacific Lutheran men's basketball annals. He was a bit of Magic Johnson and the Harlem Globetrotters while on the court, combining excellent ball-handling skills with showmanship to give the audience a real show. McLaughlin ranks third on the all-time PLU scoring list with 1,783 points. He averaged 17.0 points per game as a freshman, his highest per-game average, and never averaged less than 12.9 per contest. In addition, he twice earned Evergreen Conference All-Star honors. Since leaving Pacific Lutheran, McLaughlin, himself an American Indian, has been involved in Indian affairs in South Dakota.
Harry played on Dempey's All American Indians professional barnstorm basketball team. He was also a mainstay traveling with the Texas CowGirls performing his ball handling skills at half time entertaining the sold out crowds, coast to coast.