Thursday, January 17, 2013
2014 SG Vaughn lists nine, waits on UNC
By Reggie Rankin
Class of 2014 standout Rashad Vaughn (Minneapolis/Robbinsdale Cooper) has a knack for putting up huge numbers on the court, which has led to a litany of offers from many of college basketball’s most storied programs.
Vaughn is currently the No. 10 player in the ESPN Super 60 and lists offers from Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, Maryland, Kansas, Florida, Syracuse and hometown Minnesota.
Top-10 junior Rashad Vaughn received a visit from UNC coach Roy Williams this week.
"North Carolina has been calling and I have talked with coach Williams,” Vaughn said. “I think he might want to offer me in person."
Living in Minnesota has allowed Vaughn the opportunity to check in on the nation’s No. 9 squad whenever he wants. He’s also planning on making a trip to see Iowa State take on Baylor early next month.
"I am very happy with who is recruiting me,” Vaughn said. “I am looking for a great relationship with the coaches and a style of play that includes getting up and down [the court] and play in the pick and roll.”
Vaughn is a 6-foot-6 wing who can score in a variety of ways.
"I have been getting my points in transition, off curls, post ups, pick and rolls and on the offensive glass,” said Vaughn. “Scoring comes naturally, it’s second nature.
But scoring is not the only reason elite programs are lining up for Vaughn. His overall game continues to improve and this season he is averaging a double-double with 28 points and 12 boards.
"I am a better at being a leader, my overall defense is much better. I want to lock up the opposing team’s best player. I have also improved on knowing when to take over the game. My handle has improved when I need to beat my man off the dribble or beat pressure. I also have been playing the point."
Vaughn speaks in a humble but very confident manner. He competes and is consistently productive at a high level. And he has already given thought to his post-basketball career -- the animal lover wants to be a veterinarian --, which could also factor into what program he lands with.