BY ROBERT VENDETTOLI
From the moment Findlay Prep shooting guard Rashad Vaughn took the court on Friday night, his attention was directed on one thing … defeating Foothill.
The consensus five-star recruit announced earlier in the day that he was pushing his much-anticipated college selection announcement from Saturday to Tuesday so he could concentrate on Friday night’s game with the Falcons and Saturday night’s contest against Desert Pines at Coronado High School.
“I pushed my commitment back so I could stay focused for our two games this week,” Vaughn said. “I really just wanted to put my team first in this aspect and focus on the task at hand.”
Focused and ready he was. The 6-foot-5 senior connected on 8-of-12 shots from the floor, including 4-of-7 on 3-pointers, and finished the night with a game-high 24 points, including a breathtaking 360 dunk on a breakaway, to lead the Pilots to a 81-54 victory over the Falcons.
Vaughn, who is expected to choose between UNLV and Iowa State on Tuesday, also had four assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals.
Senior forwards Kelly Oubre and Craig Victor also had strong performances for the Pilots, adding 16 points apiece.
Oubre, who has signed with Kansas, also had six rebounds and a pair of steals while the Arizona-bound Victor finished had a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Pilots’ pair of dynamic sophomores, point guard Derryck Thornton II and small forward Justin Jackson, also had big games.
Thornton finished with four points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals while Jackson chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds.
“This is one of our better team wins,” Vaughn added. “We defended well, spaced the floor well and got contributions from nearly everyone. We’re really coming together as a team.”
Junior forward Torrance Littles led the Falcons with 12 points while normally sharp-shooting senior guards Austin Starr and Jalen Shepard were both held to just seven points each.
The Pilots (24-4) face Desert Pines at 6:30 p.m. tonight.