Rashad Vaughn returned from a knee injury Monday and scored 12 points in front of UK Coach John Calipari in Findlay Prep’s 73-43 victory over Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
Vaughn — a five-star shooting guard in the Class of 2014 — had missed the last six games with a sore left knee.
Before Monday’s game, Vaughn told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels that he will “definitely” take an official visit to Kentucky and is still in the process of scheduling the date for that trip. He’s set to visit North Carolina next month and has already taken official visits to Iowa State and UNLV.
Vaughn also said that he is unlikely to visit Kansas, which is his fifth finalist. That means his decision is likely to come down to UK, UNC, UNLV and Iowa State.
Daniels told the Herald-Leader late last week that UNLV and Iowa State seemed to have the momentum in Vaughn’s recruitment, but that an official visit to Kentucky could put the Cats in that top tier.
“I think if (UK) gets an official visit, they’re right there in the mix,” he said. “They’re making a strong late push.”
Scout.com ranks Vaughn as the No. 13 overall prospect in the senior class, and Daniels called him “arguably the top scorer in the country.”
If Andrew and Aaron Harrison opt for the NBA after this season, UK’s guards for 2014-15 would be sophomore Dominique Hawkins and freshmen Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker. In that scenario, Calipari would look to add at least one more guard to the mix.
“I think Kentucky needs another perimeter scorer,” Daniels said. “Maybe two more, to be honest with you. I think a lot of it with Rashad may depend on what Aaron Harrison might do.”