High-Major Coaches Flock to See Rashad Vaughn

A slew of high-major coaches flocked to see Rashad Vaughn this weekend at the Nike EYBL stop in Los Angeles.

Playing for Wisconsin Playground Elite against ICP Elite, Vaughn went for 31 points in 26 minutes on 13-for-20 shooting while adding seven assists and five rebounds. He made four 3-pointers. (Here’s the boxscore.)

“He was the best player there,” one high-major assistant told SNY.tv. “He’s 6-5, shoots the hell out of it, is athletic and unselfish.”

“I feel I played really good,” Vaughn, the Rivals No. 6 player in the Class of 2014 out of Robbinsdale (MN) Cooper, told SNY.tv by phone. “We won, we went 3-1, my team played good, so overall it was a good weekend.”

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Kansas coach Bill Self, Minnesota coach Richard Pitino, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, Michigan coach John Beilein, Baylor coach Scott Drew, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin, Oregon coach Dana Altman, Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton, Florida assistant Rashon Burno, Maryland assistant Bino Ranson, Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts and Georgetown assistant Kevin Broadus were among those watching Vaughn.

“I saw a couple,” Vaughn said. “I saw Coach Roy Williams. I saw Coach K. Yeah, there was a lot of coaches there. I don’t really pay attention to them, but it’s good to see all of them there.”

Pitino has made Vaughn a priority at Minnesota and attended every one of his games with assistant Kimani Young after Vaughn recently visited the campus and met the new staff.

Vaughn recently said he planned to cut his list, but has not done so yet.

“Yeah, I don’t really have a deadline but I’m still working on it,” Vaughn said. “Everybody’s showing love, really.”

Vaughn heads to the Boo Williams EYBL stop in Virginia next weekend and said his ultimate goal this summer is to qualify for the Peach Jam.

“Go to Peach Jam, play in Peach Jam,” he said.

Pete Kaffey, the assistant coach who is helping Vaughn with his recruitment, projects that Vaughn will ultimately be the No. 1 player in his class, which would mean overtaking guys like Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Trey Lyles.

Vaughn said that’s “not really” a goal of his, but added, “Might as well shoot for it.”

Kaffey said Vaughn continues to improve all aspects of his game and showed an ability to play the point this weekend.

“He did a good job of running the point guard position, got a lot of people involved,” he said.

“The first couple games, he was playing the two guard position but when he switched over to the one, his teammates were having more success at scoring and he was making more plays for them.

“So he played well overall, man. I was very impressed with his defense. He matched up  with [Emmanuel] Mudiay, he did a pretty good job. He matched up against other top players, Ahmed Hill, those guys, did a pretty good job.

“I thought he played great defense. I think he’ll be one of the best players in the country if he plays great defense.”

Vaughn often gets up at 5 a.m. to go to they gym and Kaffey said his hard work is beginning to pay off.

“It just confirms the fact that he’s a hard worker and that the sky’s the limit for him,” Kaffey said.

College coaches aren’t allowed to speak to Vaughn, but Kaffey said he heard more than one high-major coach walk by the bench and say one simple word: “Pro.”

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361 comments
jpi22le22
jpi22le22

Tim tebow working out for the Eagles

a57se
a57se

@ramble914 @a57se 

Waynes was the draft pundits choice the past few months...that has changed.

a57se
a57se

Miller has us passing on mariota and taking Vic beasley at 6...

NJJDB
NJJDB

@a57se I wouldn't mind that. It'd piss Rex off too. #BonusPoints

tsjc68
tsjc68

@ramble914 @a57se 

Waynes, Peters, Ronald Darby, P.J. Williams, Kevin Johnson and Steven Nelson are the six names I see most commonly in R1 in various chatter.

tsjc68
tsjc68

His Summary (click through for the blurbs):

R1:

1. Todd Gurley, Georgia

R2:

2. Melvin Gordon III, Wisconsin

3. Jay Ajayi, Boise State

4. David Johnson, Northern Iowa

5. Duke Johnson, Miami

R3:

6. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

7. Tevin Coleman, Indiana

8. Mike Davis, South Carolina

9. David Cobb, Minnesota

R4:

10. TJ Yeldon, Alabama

11. Buck Allen, USC

R5:

12. Josh Robinson, Mississippi State

13. Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn

14. Matt Jones, Florida

15. Malcolm Brown, Texas

R6:

16. Zach Zenner, South Dakota State

17. Jalson Fowler (FB), Alabama

18. Jeremy Langford, Michigan State

19. Marcus Murphy, Missouri

20. Terrence Magee, LSU

R7: 

21. Dominique Brown, Louisville

22. Corey Grant, Auburn

23. John Crockett, North Dakota State

24. Jahwan Edwards, Ball State

UDFA:

25. Thomas Rawls, Central Michigan
26. Kevin Parks, Virginia
27. Dee Hart, Colorado State
28. Karlos Williams, Florida State
29. Gus Johnson, Stephen F Austin
30. Tyler Varga, Yale
31. Trey Williams, Texas A&M
32. BJ Catalon, TCU
33. Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette
34. Braylon Heard, Kentucky
35. Joey Iosefa, Hawaii
36. Kenny Hilliard, LSU
37. Michael Dyer, Auburn

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68

I can get on board with it.


First blush, I think he's undervaluing Langford, overvaluing Artis-Payne and Jahwan Edwards.


And if I can get Michael Dyer or Gus Johnson or Dee Hart as a UDFA, I'd be all over that.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @tsjc68

Gabriel's Coleman blurb:

Coleman has a complete game. He can run with power between the tackles, is creative, and consistently gets yards after contact. He has the speed to turn the corner and is elusive in the open field. As a receiver, he is very reliable, runs good routes and has very good hands. Add to that the fact that he can already pass protect and is a dangerous kickoff returner.


Marino's:

A decisive, one-cut runner with good vision in the open field. Looks to finish runs but does not take on tacklers with as much authority as you would like. His pad level can be too high and he is passive in pass protection. Coleman has excellent change of direction skills and does not have to throttle down to make cuts which leads to bad angles by defenders. He was incredibly productive on an offense without other weapons to game plan around. Defenses knew he was getting the ball and had not answer for him.


Marino's looks to jibe better with what I see when I watch Coleman film.  He's cat-quick and very explosive, but he does run a bit too high at times and isn't physical.


Good RB prospect, but not my favorite.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 From everything I've seen/read, this seems like the year to take at least one RB, so if it's not an MGIII-type early, I'm 10000% okay with that. I would like them to take one in the middle rounds, though. 

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @a57se 

I would take Coleman over the guys Marino lists at 3,4,5 and 6...

I think the top three are Gurley, Gordon and Coleman...not necessarily in that order.


a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 

Would be a nice pick at the top of the second round...

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 

I didn't think you were a Matt miller fan...

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @a57se 

I don't think the fanbase would be too happy with OLB, ILB rounds 1 and 2...

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se The fanbase is rarely happy, so that's not a reason to do/not do something. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Right, and I was responding to said observation. Welcome to internet discussion boards, this is how it works. 

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex At the moment? No. Should they have been at various times in the past, and yet still found ways to complain? Yes. 

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex This mindset is exactly what I'm calling out, btw. 

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex .....how? 


You think that because the team has "decades of futility" that predate your existence on this planet it justifies every gripe you make, regardless of context, accuracy, etc.? 


I'm sorry, but that's not how grown ups behave. 

fatrex
fatrex

@Brendan @fatrex You're making a lot of assumptions. I don't think a lot of the common complaints, at least that I've noticed are unwarranted. I also think your side of the spectrum makes just as many, if not more mistakes in your judgement of this team. Jets fans should not be happy, they should be hungry. They should also be skeptical of the ability of their owner to give proper direction. I'm not pessimistic by nature, but I am a Yankee fan used to winning, and we, as fans, demand it. The contrasts between the two organizations are palpable in just about every regard. Honestly, I think the teams your side of the coin root for have numbed you to losing for so long that you don't react the same way. It has nothing to do with being an adult.

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex "They should also be skeptical of the ability of their owner to give proper direction."

The owner who has the Jets play in more conference title games than 2/3 (maybe more) of the NFL since he's owned the team? 


Jets fans lack perspective, it's their biggest issue. 

fatrex
fatrex

@Brendan @fatrex Nope.There's your Mets fan BS, who cares about playing in a conference championship? The only thing that matters is the Super Bowl. There aren't warm and fuzzies for getting hot in a playoff run, one of which you shouldn't have even been in to begin with.

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex " who cares about playing in a conference championship?"


Literally everyone. Ask teams who they'd rather be: the Bucs or the Packers. 

fatrex
fatrex

@Brendan @fatrex Not the same thing, I'd rather be the Packers than the bucs because they are only a handful of minor adjustments with a touch of luck away from contending for a super bowl every year. C'mon.

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex EXACTLY. 


So, playing in a conference championship is an indication you're only a few pieces away. And therefore, an intelligent fan would care about playing in them, even if they don't win them. 


Thanks for playing, don't forget to validate your parking. 

fatrex
fatrex

@Brendan @fatrex Stop being so obnoxious. There's a difference between being satisfied about the prognosis of a franchise coming off of a conference championship game (withe the best qb in the world given your example), and using it as the sole barometer for success. Talk about lacking perspective. Your initial point was that half a decade ago we should've been happy, but only in terms of what could lie ahead, well, what lay ahead was 4 straight years of incompetence.

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex "Stop being so obnoxious."

You mean right? No.

"There's a difference between being satisfied about the prognosis of a franchise coming off of a conference championship game (withe the best qb in the world given your example), and using it as the sole barometer for success."

There is. Please show me where I said it's the "sole barometer for success." 

"Your initial point was that half a decade ago we should've been happy, but only in terms of what could lie ahead, well, what lay ahead was 4 straight years of incompetence."

I did say that you are justified in being upset now, didn't I? I did say that, right? 


When you want to read my comments and actually respond to them let me know. This just comes off as you taking my comments personally and not actually thinking about what I'm saying. 


Oh, and 57 is a putz. 

fatrex
fatrex

@Brendan @fatrex YOU USED IT AS THE BAROMETER, I read all of your posts. And  telling me to get my parking validated is pretty much the definition of an obnoxious comment.

"They should also be skeptical of the ability of their owner to give proper direction."

The owner who has the Jets play in more conference title games than 2/3 (maybe more) of the NFL since he's owned the team? "

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex Christ, dude. 


It was ONE EXAMPLE of how the Jets have had more success under Woody than the majority of the league. 

fatrex
fatrex

@Brendan @fatrex  You used that one example because it is the only redeemable thing that has happened under Woody's ownership, there isn't anything else. 

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex That's laughably untrue, it was just the easiest example and you still argued with it. 

fatrex
fatrex

@Brendan @fatrex Oh trust me, I don't think for a second someone with your rosy disposition could find other examples you would deem successful, but that doesn't make it true. 

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex Playoff trips. W/L record. 


Both of those do the same job as citing conference title game trips.