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.