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ELITE SG RASHAD VAUGHN NOT READY TO NARROW RECRUITING FOCUS YET
by Alex Schwartz
PHILADELPHIA – Rashad Vaughn is one of the most highly sought after players in the nation in the crop of rising seniors.
A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Minnesota, Vaughn holds offers from some of America’s elite basketball programs.
While at the Reebok Breakout Classic, Vaughn said he has been offered by Kentucky, North Carolina, Baylor, Kansas, UCLA, Minnesota, Iowa State, Tennessee, and more.
Vaughn, who claims no favorites at this point in time, talked about what he is searching for in a school.
“Just the relationship with the coach, they play my style of play and if I’m going to come play right away and who I’m going to be playing with and stuff like that,” Vaughn said.
Location will “not at all” be a factor for Vaughn, who went on to discuss who is coming at him the hardest.
“Really everybody, that’s why I [have not] narrowed my list yet because it’s hard,” Vaughn said. “I got good relationships with basically all the schools that’s recruiting me.”
Thus far, Vaughn has been on visits to UCLA, Iowa State and Minnesota. He does not have any other trips planned.
“Sometime probably after the senior year season,” Vaughn said of when he plans to make his commitment and going on to confirm that he will sign late.
The scoring wing is planning to trim down his list before he makes his decision.
“Probably at the end of summer I’m going to try, going to try to narrow my list,” Vaughn said.
He noted that “probably about eight” schools will make the cut, but there are none that he knows are definitely in yet.
“I’m not even up to that right now,” Vaughn explained. “I haven’t even thought about it.”
Vaughn recently made the decision to transfer from Robbinsdale Cooper (MN) to Findlay Prep (NV) for his senior year and he discussed that choice.
“My parents and I, we all decided that would be a good spot for me,” Vaughn said, “and it’s better competition for me in practice and out.”
As for what his time at the Reebok Breakout Classic was like, Vaughn said, “It’s been fun, I’ve been going against people, we’ve been competing and I’ve been just hanging out with my guys. So, it’s been fun.”
Vaughn, who would go on to be a co-MVP of the camp all-star game, discussed the type of player he is.
“I can play more than one position and I can score,” Vaughn said. “So, I think that’s probably the strongest parts of my game.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Vaughn remarked, “[My biggest] weakness is [not] being efficient, [not] taking good shots and I’m working on my motor, not taking no plays off.”