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.