Rashad Vaughn suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee against Fresno State and is out indefinitely, the team announced Thursday.
Vaughn, the Rebels’ leading scorer at 17.8 points per game, injured the knee sometime in the second half on Tuesday night. He didn’t come out of the game and played the final 8:58, scoring 18 points to help UNLV secure a 73-61 victory. He played 17 minutes in the second half and 34 minutes for the game.
An official press release from UNLV said Vaughn could possibly return for the Mountain West Tournament, which starts March 11. According to various medical web sites, the projected recovery time for a torn meniscus is 4-to-6 weeks, though it can be longer depending on the severity of the tear. A four-week recovery would have Vaughn back on the court just in time for the start of the conference tourney, though it’s obviously too soon to project any timetables.
Vaughn has had a history of knee issues, as separate injuries kept him sidelined for a few weeks during his senior season at Findlay Prep and then again this past summer. Those injuries were to his right knee, however, so this current situation doesn’t appear to be related. Dave Rice will meet with the media on Thursday afternoon.
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