It was one of the two most anticipated decisions of the spring recruiting period, as our No.8 rated senior Rashad Vaughn from Henderson, NV Findlay Prep stepped up to the microphone and made his college choice:
“I have spoken with my family and have made my college choice,” Vaughn explained. “And I will play my college basketball at UNLV!”
“I just felt that it has the best combination of opportunities for me, in basketball, as well as academically.”
“I want to thank all the coaches who recruited me and want them to know this was a very difficult decision.”
Especially in the final analysis as Vaughn chose UNLV over Iowa State, both ahead of heavyweights like Kentucky, North Carolina, and Kansas.
More than anything, the Runnin’ Rebels had the edge of being close this season and being able to build their relationship with Vaughn. Moving from Minnesota to Nevada to attend Findlay meant Vaughn was able to see games and practices on a regular basis, building a relationship with head coach Dave Rice and his staff. Moreover, the Rebels also had a very good relationship with Vaughn’s mentor/advisor, Pete Kaffey, who is now an assistant at Findlay. Keeping Vaughn in the desert is a huge coup for Rice and assistant coach Todd Simon, who landed talented players on a consistent basis when he was at Findlay.
Vaughn has all the tools to step right in at UNLV and be a can score a three level scorer, with deep range on his outside jumper, the ability to pull-up in the mid-range, while also capable of going off the dribble and finishing at the rim through contact. Plus, this winter he has added the dimension of being able to see open teammates off the dribble and has the tools to make pass off the dribble or in transition while averaging over five assists a game to go with 21 points an outing for Findlay Prep.
He will make an immediate impact at UNLV giving the Runnin’ Rebels a high level perimeter scorer with the tools to play three spots on the perimeter for Coach Rice’s squad. He joins fellow top forty recruits 6-8 Dwayne Morgan (No.18) from Baltimore, MD St. Frances and 6-10 Goodluck Okonoboh (No.36) from Wilbraham & Monson Academy, MA in the UNLV Class of 2014.