UNLV coach Dave Rice appears to have found a big solution to his team’s outside shooting woes.
Findlay Prep guard Rashad Vaughn, recently selected to the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game and regarded by some scouts as the nation’s premier shooting guard prospect, announced on Wednesday afternoon that he would sign a letter of intent with UNLV in April.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Vaughn, who transferred to Findlay Prep from Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope, Minn., for his senior year, is rated the No. 7 prospect in the nation by Rivals.com. He made the announcement on the Inside College Basketball show on CBS Sports Network and picked the Runnin’ Rebels over Iowa State, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky.
“Me and Coach Rice kicked off a relationship from the jump,” Vaughn said. “I just like everything he was talking about. I like the blueprint that he set out for me. Me and my family, we just decided that this was best for me. (With) the recruiting class we have coming in with me, I feel we have something special for next year.”
Vaughn, who is averaging 20 points while connecting on 47.5 percent of his 3-point attempts, joins 6-foot-9 shot-blocking center Goodluck Okonoboh of Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Woburn, Mass., and athletic 6-8 forward Dwayne Morgan of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md., — both of whom signed letters of intent during the early signing period in November – to form one of the nation’s top 10 recruiting classes.
Vaughn (No. 18), Okonoboh (No. 23) and Morgan (No. 38) all are members of ESPN.com’s Top 100 prospects for the Class of 2014.
“He’s certainly one of the best two guards in the class (of 2014),” respected west coast talent scout Frank Burlison (Burlisononbasketball.com) said. “I saw him play a bunch the last couple of years. He’s one of the best offensive players and scorers in the nation.”
Vaughn said one of the reasons he chose UNLV is that he feels the Rebels have the potential to win a national championship.
“I know with the pieces that we’ve got next year and the team that we will have next year, I feel that we can win a national championship,” Vaughn said. “That was most important to me.
“I like Coach Rice and how he showcases players. He runs a pro style offense where he lets his guards get up and down. Style of play was most important to me. I just felt more comfortable in that style of play and I feel that I can show the world my talents in that offense.”
Besides being an outstanding 3-point jump shooter, Vaughn also has a good handle, is a good passer and is strong enough to take it to the hoop and finish effectively. Check out this highlight VIDEO below.