HAMPTON, Va. — Rashad Vaughn will have an important decision to make regarding his college destination in the next few months. In the short term, he could be making another big move.
The UK recruiting target and No. 1-ranked shooting guard in the class of 2014 acknowledged after Friday night’s EYBL game that he could play his senior season at Huntington Prep (W.Va.). Vaughn, who is from Minnesota, said he wants to play with and against the best players in the country during his final year of high school.
Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford and his staff were in the stands to see Vaughn play Friday night. When asked if he would be playing for Huntington Prep in the fall, Vaughn replied, “I can’t confirm that right now.”
He said that he would probably announce his high school plans “in a couple weeks or so.”
Fellow five-star prospect Jalen Lindsey announced Thursday night that he will attend Huntington Prep next season. In a separate interview Friday night, Lindsey told the Herald-Leader that he was looking forward to playing with Vaughn in Huntington, before adding: “I know he’s really thinking about going.”
The Express, who finished this past season ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams, will lose No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins and several other high-level Division I players to graduation.
After Vaughn settles on a high school, he will have to start narrowing down his college list.
At the moment, the 6-foot-5 guard is one of only eight uncommitted 2014 recruits with a scholarship offer from Kentucky. UK assistant Orlando Antigua watched him play Friday night, and Vaughn said he talks to Antigua “every now and then.” He said that has been the extent of his contact with the UK staff recently.
Vaughn hasn’t spoken with John Calipari in about a month, and the UK head coach was not there for most of his game Friday night.
Still, the Cats remain a viable option.
“I just like their style of play and how they get up and down,” Vaughn said. “And Coach Cal’s track record for getting players to the league.”
North Carolina assistant Hubert Davis and Kansas assistant Norm Roberts did watch Vaughn play Friday, and those were two of the schools he specifically mentioned after the game. Vaughn said he’s hosted UNC, Kansas, Baylor and Minnesota for recent in-home visits.
As for a decision, Vaughn said he’s “wide open right now” and is concentrating more on narrowing down his list than actually choosing a school.
Distance won’t play a big role in his final decision.
“Being away from home, that’s not really a factor,” he said. “If you’ve been playing AAU since you were in the third grade, you’re always away from home.”
But that’s not necessarily bad news for the home-state Gophers. Vaughn praised new Minnesota coach Richard Pitino, who immediately called the in-state star when he got the job earlier this month.
Vaughn was unequivocal when asked if the possibility of him leaving the state for his final year of high school would lessen the chances of him picking Minnesota for college.
“No, no, not at all,” he replied. “Not at all.”