Syracuse Target Rashad Vaughn Tabbed Best Shooting Guard in Nation

The Orange will battle all of the nation’s best for the silky SG from Minnesota.

Syracuse fans should get to know Rashad Vaughn because he’s being courted by the Orange as well as a number of other basketball giants. The 6’5″ shooting guard decided yesterday to play his senior season at national power Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada (meaning extra frequent flyer miles for Red Autry and Mike Hopkins).

He has offers from SU, as well as Arizona, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, UNC and UCLA (among others). He’s rated by many as the best 2-guard in the country and Rivals as the 7th best overall player for the Class of ’14,  His height and length is perfect for SU’s 2-3 zone, and his jumper is silk. Vaughn has a terrific handle, and tremendous step to get by defenders.

Clearly Vaughn was already looking at his potential NBA Draft stock, because Findlay Prep has recently produced two top 5 picks. UNLV’s Anthony Bennett went first overall last month, while Tristan Thompson was selected 4th in ’11. Assistant  coach Andy Johnson said:

“Given our past success of being able to help develop players and help them achieve their goals and recently with Anthony Bennett going first in the draft and other pros we have, I think (Rashad) saw all that.”

He is currently playing AAU with Playground Elite, averaging 19.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game on the EYBL circuit. His recruitment is wide open, but as a Minnesota native many are watching how Richard Pitino begins his tenure with the Gophers.

From Minnesota Daily:

Troy Vaughn said his son’s decision to leave Minnesota doesn’t rule the Gophers out as his college choice. He said he loves the direction new head coach Richard Pitino and his staff are taking the program. ‘That would be a dream for me that I could watch him in my own backyard,’ Troy said. (Assistant coach Pete) Kaffey also disregarded the notion that Vaughn’s decision to enroll in a prep school eliminates the Gophers from contention.

It doesn’t appear Vaughn has whittled down his list, and if he has he’s keeping it private. He’s got an AAU season to complete and then head into his senior season before he has to make a decision. But the nation’s elite is after him, and Syracuse is in that hunt.

Posted: D.A.

11 Comments on this Post

  1. Russell MacEachern

    Maybe the fact he’s left his home state to develop his game in HS will drive him back home to play in front of friends and family?Esp if Pitino Jr is as wily as his dad!!He’d be a nice get though!

  2. Duany Duany

    We have maybe a .001% chance of landing this kid.

  3. Duany Duany

    Would rather see an article with an update on Whitehead, who we have a realistic chance of landing and just got his ranking bumped up to 5 stars and the #2 SG ranking.

  4. OrangeCrush27

    I dont think we get him either, but i feel our chances are as good if not better, as anyone. As a recruit you really cant turn a blind eye to our program. Way too many good things.

    From facilities to history, to the ACC to playing in front of 20,000+ fans every home game, not to mention coming off a final four appearance.

    Being a lengthy guard in a 2-3 zone. Seems like a no brainer for anyone to want to play in that system.

    To me Whitehead as been an interesting story. He is high on ‘Cuse, but hasnt shown anything that makes you feel like he is coming here. Another highly touted NYC prouduct passing up on ‘Cuse wouldnt be a first.

  5. The Lone Dipper

    There doesn’t seem to be alot of talent in the Northeast this recruiting season for college bb. Whitehead wants to smell Pitino’s butt, he’s all over UofL…. I hope this isn’t another recruiting class like ’13, with one stud and some role players.. SU will need two ballhandlers, not one kid who can score.

  6. Carlton

    Louisville just signed a highly rated guard few weeks ago. It’s a 2 team race for whitehead. Those teams being SU an Minny. Whitehead wants to be a package deal /w another guard in the top 50. I can’t recall the players name right now.

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