Rashad Vaughn worked his way from mid-second round into the top 20 of the NBA Draft following his knee injury that ended his season. Vaughn will head to Milwaukee as the 17th pick.
Vaughn, who won’t turn 19 until August 16, finished up a freshman campaign at UNLV where he scored 17.8 points per game on 48 percent shooting from two and 38 percent shooting from three. He had an efficient season for a freshman that had the third highest usage percentage in the Mountain West at 30.8 percent.
Overall Vaughn was in the top 15 percentile in college hoops on spot up efficiency per Synergy Sports; he scored 1.12 points per spot up possession. He was also in the top 15 percentile on isolation plays (0.98 PPP on 62 possessions) and the top 11 percentile as the ball handler on pick and rolls (0.95 PPP on 61 possessions).
The biggest concern for Vaughn is his injury history. Before the season, Vaughn missed a chunk of training camp with a right knee injury. Then he went down with a torn meniscus in his left knee during the season. Vaughn missed the last seven games of the regular season and both of the Rebels' games in the Mountain West Tournament. He also left the Rebels game against Arizona State in December due to a minor back injury.
But all reports during Vaughn’s pre-draft workouts indicated that he is as healthy as he’s ever been, which was also a cause for his rise up mock drafts from mid-second round to late-first round material.
Dear God................... Thank you!!! #Bucks!!— Rashad Vaughn (@ShowtimeMr1) June 26, 2015
Vaughn will join Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee. The 17th pick has a first year salary of just over $1.4 million attached to it due to the 2015-16 NBA Rookie Wage Scale.
Read more on Rashad Vaughn's NBA prospects here. Plus head over to Brew Hoop for coverage of Vaughn's new team.