Vaughn was a McDonald’s All-American out of Findley Prep, by way of Minnesota, but missed 10 games to end the season with a knee injury. He averaged 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game on the year and shot nearly 44 percent from the field.
This was viewed as a likely departure for the Runnin’ Rebels in the last few weeks and now they lose a valuable scoring guard in Vaughn.
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Vaughn was a McDonald’s All-American out of Findlay Prep, by way of Minnesota, but missed 10 games during the season with a knee injury. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds per game on the year and shot nearly 44 percent from the field.
Draft Express currently has Vaughn as a second round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft as the No. 48 pick overall.
Rashad Vaughn tore the meniscus in his left knee in a win over Fresno State on Tuesday night.
Vaughn, a freshman guard and a potential first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, was UNLV’s leading scorer this season at 17.8 points. Vaughn also missed a game earlier this season after suffering a back injury a loss at Arizona State.
The school announced the news on Thursday.
“We are very disappointed for Rashad,” head coach Dave Rice said. “He is having a great freshman year and has been an extremely valuable player on our team. We know he will work very hard to get back on the court as soon as possible and we will support him in every way.”
There’s a chance that Vaughn could be back with the team in time for the Mountain West tournament, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is an absolutely brutal blow for a team that finally looked like it was coming together. The Rebels had won four of their last five games and have a stretch of the season coming up where that streak could have been extended. The Mountain West is not as formidable as it has been in past seasons, meaning that a run through the league tournament is certainly feasible for a team with a pair of potential pros on the roster.
The question now will be whether or not Vaughn is back in time for that tournament.
Vaughn missed two months as a senior in high school at Findlay Prep with an injury in that same knee.