HENDERSON—Rashad Vaughn reaffirmed his commitment to UNLV on Thursday, telling the media at a McDonald’s All-American Game sendoff event that he is already looking forward to joining the Rebels next year.
Vaughn, the top shooting guard in the Class of 2014, will join blue-chippers Dwayne Morgan and Goodluck Okonoboh to form one of the nation’s best incoming classes next year. The hope among Vaughn and his fellow recruits is that they’ll help turn the Rebels around after a disappointing finish to the 2013-14 season.
“Me and coach [Dave] Rice have got a great relationship,” Vaughn said. “Even though the team was struggling, I still went to a lot of games. I see a lot of potential in them. They just didn’t really have a leader to step up and take control. But at the end of the day, I’m ready to get there and play with Goodluck and Dwayne and get it going.”
Vaughn is averaging 20.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game for Findlay Prep this season. That was enough to earn him a spot in the McDonald’s All-American Game, which will be played April 2 in Chicago.
Senior forward Kelly Oubre, a senior teammate at Findlay Prep, will also play in the McDonald’s game.
Findlay Prep’s season is not over, however. After taking part in the McDonald’s game, Vaughn and Oubre will fly to New York City to join the rest of the team for the Dick’s Sporting Goods National High School Championship tournament, which will be played April 3-5.
Despite the McDonald’s game being known as a showcase for flashy play, Vaughn is going to handle his business in a serious manner.
“Just go out there and do what I do,” Vaughn said when asked how he plans to approach the game. “Not really take it as an all-star game, but take it as any game, like a championship game, and just come out there and show what I can do.”
Other notes from Vaughn’s meeting with the media:
Vaughn said he’ll most likely compete in the 3-point contest at the McDonald’s All-American Game. He has to sign up for the event once he arrives in Chicago, and he told the media on Thursday that he plans to throw his hat in the ring.
On the season, Vaughn has made 46.3 percent of his 3-point attempts (74-of-160).
Vaughn was unsure of when he’ll arrive on campus this summer due to his commitments to the USA Basketball program. Tryouts for the USA Under-18 team will be held June 10-19 at the Olympic training center in Colorado, and if Vaughn makes the cut, he’ll join the team to compete in the FIBA World Championships from June 20-24.
Despite the packed schedule, Vaughn said he’ll be spending most of his summer in Las Vegas, working out with incoming UNLV recruits Goodluck Okonoboh and Dwayne Morgan.
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