UNLV landed another great piece for their 2014 class when five-star guard Rashad Vaughn verbally committed to UNLV on Tuesday. Vaughn is currently playing locally at Findlay College Prep and in addition to having an offer from the Rebels, he was getting pursued by Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky and Iowa State.
Vaughn is a consensus top-20 recruit and he is the third player in UNLV's 2014 class to be ranked in the top-50. The other two are center Goodluck Okonoboh and small forward Dwayne Morgan, and place UNLV's class as one of the best in the Mountain West, and the country.
Morgan gave an assist in attempting to lure Vaughn to play at Las Vegas with himself, so we at least know that Morgan's overtures were not a negative effect.
Vaughn took an official visit to UNLV in November and then was quiet about his recruiting, and he thinks that he can be part of something special at UNLV. "I think with the other recruits, we have a chance to do something special," Vaughn said.
This recruiting class is one of the best ever for UNLV, and despite this current season being less than expected head coach Dave Rice has been able to bring in some very good talent to Las Vegas. Vaughn also mentioned his relationship he formed with Rice as a reason why he chose the Rebels. "Me and Coach Rice kicked off our relationship from the jump," Vaughn Said. He also added, "we can win a national championship."
UNLV had a key advantage in landing Vaughn, and it was not because Findlay Prep is located in nearby Henderson, Nev., but it is new Rebels assistant coach Todd Simon. Simon spent six years at Findlay Prep, five as an assistant and one as the head coach, and he also was a key figure in getting Vaughn to transfer for his senior year of high school from Minnesota to Nevada. In recruiting relationships are huge.
Here is what ESPN recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi says about what Vaughn brings to UNLV with his game($):
At times, Vaughn has been the best scoring guard in the class. His ability to put the ball in the basket from all three levels is impressive and he owns a 3-point shot, both off the catch or the rhythm dribble. Once he begins to operate inside the arc he attacks the basket with vision and a mindset to score. His dribble pull-up game is on automatic and he has the body control and size once he gets in the paint to finish at the rim.
Vaughn is a better passer than he gets credit for and he could be a good defender with focus and effort as he has showed flashes at times. His ability to create and make tough shots is what truly makes him special.
By adding Vaughn to this three-person class -- a fourth could be in the cards for UNLV -- the Rebels are shaping up to have a potential top-10 or higher class.
Check out these highlights from Vaughn: