UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn ended weeks of speculation about his future on Wednesday morning when he announced that he would enter the 2015 NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-5 Vaughn was voted the Mountain West Conference’s Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches after averaging 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 38.3 percent from 3-point range. He tweeted out a link to a slickly-produced YouTube video in which he made the announcement. You can view the video below:
Vaughn missed UNLV’s final nine games after undergoing surgery for torn meniscus in left knee suffered near the end of a 73-61 victory over Fresno State on Feb. 10. He finished second in the Mountain West in scoring and twice eclipsed the 30-point mark in a game including a career-best 31 in a 79-77 overtime win over Utah State on Jan. 24.
“Growing up as a kid my dream was to always to play in the NBA,” Vaughn said “and I’ve decided to take that next step to pursue my dream and to just follow my heart to do what I’ve always wanted to do growing up as a kid. I just want to thank everybody for supporting me throughout the season and always cheering for me no matter what.
“I just want to say thank you, I love you, love Vegas, and follow me on my journey.”