College basketball coaches love upside, especially an athletic scorer with upside. It means the prospect that they get to coach has the ability and potential to become all he can be as a player.
Rashad Vaughn, the number 18 player in the 2014 ESPN 100, has a ton of upside with his physical ability and skill. The 6-foot-6 Vaughn is from Golden Valley, Minn., but plays his high school ball at Findlay College Prep in Las Vegas, where he stars at shooting guard. Vaughn is the second ranked uncommitted prospect in the country behind Myles Turner and was recently named to the McDonald’s All-American team.
Physical ability is Vaughn’s strongest trait, known for being a good athlete with long arms, which could help him on the defensive end of the court. He can knock down 3-pointers in catch and shoot situations and his increased ball handling ability makes Vaughn tough off the dribble.
His game is not without room for improvement, he needs to work on his jump shot so it can be more consistent. The flaws in Vaughn’s game are not huge gaping holes. He simply needs to get better at the minor details of the game, which will come with college coaching.
Every team in the nation has made a pass at Vaughn, but he only has five teams listed that he is interested in. Iowa State, UNLV, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky are all in the running for Vaughn, but it seems like three teams actually have a chance. He has already taken visits to Iowa State and UNLV in November 2013 and has a visit scheduled to North Carolina this month. UNLV has the hometown advantage; Vaughn could possibly want to stay in the Las Vegas area. He would also have to compete with experienced players coming back on the team for playing time. The same could be said about North Carolina, but with the departure of PJ Hairston and Leslie McDonald, Vaughn could see playing time early at shooting guard.
I don’t know why, I feel like Vaughn could end up at Iowa State. The Cyclones are a team and program on the rise with departures at the guard position after this year. Vaughn could see the floor early with two of Iowa State’s three top scorers graduating.
Kansas is always a threat to attract top tier players, but they may have the fortunate curse of having too many good players on the roster. Same thing with Kentucky, the basketball cupboard is never bare for coach Calipari and the Wildcats. Yet Kentucky could be a strong possibility for Vaughn considering Kentucky’s ability to get one and done players.
Vaughn will come into any situation and become a strong scorer and a solid defender with his athleticism and length. He will become a great player at the college level when he learns the nuances of the game.