Rashad Vaughn will transfer from Cooper for senior year

One of the nation’s top-10 recruits in the Class of 2014, Rashad Vaughn of Minneapolis, will not return to Robbinsdale Cooper High School for his senior year, according to his father.

Vaughn’s father emailed 1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson on Monday with the latest developments from the country’s No. 1 prep shooting guard.

“At this time the Vaughn Family has decided for Rashad not to return to Cooper High School for his Senior year… This decision was actually made last year when we felt to get the best out of Rashad, we might need to consider a Prep school. We also think that would be good far as academics and to play basketball at a higher level on a daily basis.”

Vaughn will decide between Huntington Prep in West Virginia and Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, according to the Marcus Fuller of the Pioneer Press, who spoke with a former Robbinsdale Cooper assistant coach.

The 6-foot-6 shooting guard has more than 25 offers from schools including North Carolina, Syracuse, UCLA and the Gophers.

Vaughn, a five-star recruit from New Hope, Minn., recently dominated both the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and the Pangos All-American Camp, which translated into a move into the top-10 prep players for the Class of 2014. He averaged more than 19 points per game in EYBL play this year and was recently named a finalist for EYBL Offensive Player of the Year.

Gophers head coach Richard Pitino won’t be as accessible to Vaughn as before and the same is true the other way around. Vaughn has maintained that Minnesota is among his finalists.

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