The UNLV Rebels all but assured themselves of a top-5 recruiting class this week, when standout shooting guard Rashad Vaughn, a Minnesota-native at Findlay Prep (NV) announced on CBS Sports Network that he picked UNLV over the Iowa State Cyclones.
Vaughn is arguably the top shooting guard prospect nationally, and is the third top-25 prospect in the recruiting class for UNLV. Center Goodluck Okonoboh and hybrid forward Dwayne Morgan inked with UNLV during the early signing period.
In the 2014 player rankings on Hoopniks.com, Vaughn ranks No. 8 overall (and the top shooting guard), Morgan is No. 18 and Okonoboh ranks at No. 25.
UNLV is expected to only lose Kevin Olekaibe from this year’s roster, on a squad that is currently in third place in the Mountain West Conference. The three blue chip incoming prospects should strengthen an already strong roster.
Vaughn came to Findlay Prep from Minnesota. Current UNLV assistant coach Todd Simon was the former head coach at Findlay Prep, and was a standout recruiter to his high school squad while at Findlay Prep. It’s apparent he’ll be gaining that reputation at the college level as well. Vaughn’s proximity to Vegas and the UNLV program may have turned the tide over Iowa State, his longest suitor.
Perhaps the most college ready shooting guard in the nation, Vaughn is a strong scorer, and can get buckets both off the bounce and the catch. He’s a crafty and heady scorer, and also possesses a high skill level overall. His senior year of high school has been somewhat injury plagued, but that shouldn’t affect him long term. Simply put, Vaughn is the jewel in a terrific recruiting class.
Paired with Morgan and Okonoboh, Vaughn joins a tremendous class. Morgan’s athleticism and inside-outside abilities as a combo forward make his upside extremely high. Morgan may be the least college ready of the three, but his upside is arguably among the highest as he has both physical gifts and is improving rapidly. Meanwhile, Okonoboh is among the top rim protectors and shot-blockers in the nation. While he won’t make much of an offensive impact, Okonoboh can be a feared interior player right off the bat.
UNLV seems locked in for a top-5 class. Also in the Mountain West, the San Diego State Aztecs should end up with a top-25 recruiting class.