It’s a three-step process for Rashad Vaughn, the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2014. First, it’s to finish his senior year at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, where he transferred to a few months ago. Second is to play college ball for a year. And the third and final step is to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.
As one of the most highly recruited high school players in the country this year, Vaughn is inching ever closer to his goal. With more than 11 offers on the table for the 6-foot-6, 200 pound player from Golden Valley, Minn., getting to the second step in the process is more or less accomplished. Playing college ball and showing NBA scouts he’s worth a draft pick is the challenge and he’s ready to tackle it head-on.
"“My dream has always been to go to the league,” Vaughn said. “The quicker I can do it is how I want to do it. Going one-and-done, that’s really what I want to do. But it’s really the time you put into it.” — Vaughn to the Pioneer Press"
Whether he goes one-and-done with the Gophers or another team, any program that can obtain the services of Vaughn for even one year will likely take a chance on Vaughn and give him ample playing time as a freshman, even if he might not be there the following year.
With Minnesota, the courting of Vaughn has made a difference in the Gophers recruiting game, but if Richard Pitino is successful in signing Vaughn, the results could play dividends in player recruitment for years to come.
In Other News…
- The Gopher men’s basketball match up against Florida State will be broadcasted on ESPNU. Slated for Dec. 3 at 8:30 p.m. CT, it will be the first game of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and also only the ninth time the teams have played each other in basketball.