Rashad Vaughn is headed to UNLV.
Vaughn, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, pledged to Dave Rice and UNLV on Tuesday. He picked the Running Rebels over strong interest from Iowa State, North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas.
“I’m going to UNLV and I just liked the fit there,” Vaughn told Scout.com minutes before his live announcement. “I fit in there. I’m comfortable there. I like the recruits I’m going to be coming in with. I think we can be something special there.”
Vaughn finished out his high school career at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. Being in Las Vegas and being able to visit UNLV often gave them a significant advantage over the other schools involved.
“It played into it a lot,” Vaughn said. “I got to see them play a lot. I just developed a good bond with the coaching staff.”
Todd Simon, who was the head coach at Findlay last season, recruited Vaughn to the school and was the point man for UNLV on the Vaughn recruitment.
“We developed a relationship from the jump,” Vaughn said. “He recruited me to Findlay Prep.”
“He did a great job recruiting me, but really the whole coaching staff was involved in it,” he said. “I have a good relationship with everybody on the staff.”
Vaughn is one of the elite shooting guards in the 2014 class. A high-level scorer, Vaughn has improved his long-range shot and is consistent with his mid-range pull-up. He’s also a strong athlete that scores well attacking the rim.
A five-star recruit, Vaughn is ranked No. 13 overall and No. 2 at the shooting guard position in 2014.
Vaughn is UNLV’s third commitment of the 2014 class. He joins five-star wing Dwayne Morgan as well as four-star big man Goodluck Okonoboh.