You heard it first here, kids!
A high level source told a SheridanHoops correspondent late last night that Rashad Vaughn has decided to stay in Las Vegas and sign with UNLV. The Findley Prep star and 2014 McDonald’s All American is ranked #18 by ESPN, rated # 7 nationally by Rivals.com, and if he commits to UNLV, he’d be the highest rated recruit during Dave Rice’s tenure. Yep, even higher than Anthony Bennett was as a senior. He’s currently averaging 20 points per game for Findlay Prep while making better than 48% of his 3-point attempts.
Rashad cancelled his scheduled visit to UNC and he has not visited UK or Kansas, yet they still do remain on his short list of 5 schools, according to our source. Vaughn’s official announcement is slated for 3pm PST on CBSSports Network. In the meantime, you might want to check out his highlight reel courtesy of our friends at HardwoodElite.com
Many whispers said Vaughn, a Minnesota native, really narrowed down his choices to UNLV and Iowa State. There was also chatter that Vaughn wanted to play with 6’7 power forward Dwayne Morgan, ranked #38 by ESPN. Morgan is from Baltimore, MD and signed with UNLV back on March 27, 2013. Morgan played high school ball with current Rebel guard Daquan Cook.
With the addition of 6’9 center Goodluck (yes, that really is his name) Okonoboh from Massachusetts, ESPN’s #23 ranked recruit, Coach Dave Rice could be looking at a 2014 top 10 recruiting class. Adding to the mix current Rebel and former McDonald’s All American 6’9 Khem Birch, currently 5th in the nation in blocks, and former national champion UConn transfer 6’8 Roscoe Smith, who is tied for 1st in the nation in reboujnds, UNLV has a chance to revive his luster from the glory years.
It looks like the lights of Vegas could become a lot brighter in the near future and a new banner can possibly be hung at the historic Thomas and Mack Center.