Position: Shooting Guard
2014-2015 NCAA Statistics:
17.8 PTS 4.8 REB 1.6 AST 43.9 FG% 38.3 3PT% 69.4 FT%
Draft Projection: Late 1st Round
NBA Player Comparison: Michael Carter-Williams
I loved watching Rashad Vaughn this year at UNLV. The kid showed so much potential and was such an exciting player to watch. He was criticized because of his weak free throw shooting and because of the high volume of shots he would take each game. I didn’t supply that sort of criticism to this player. With this UNLV roster it was obvious, Christian Wood and Rashad Vaughn were going to lead the team to victory or they would fall without a fight. Simple as that.
Many times in this league we have seen young players who put up impressive stats, during their time in college, fall into oblivion once they reach the NBA. I don’t believe that will happen with Rashad. He is an exceptional slasher and always has a keen sense of when the big man or opposite winger is cutting to the paint. He is an incredible passer and very athletic. His jump shot is a little weak and he struggles taking the ball to the hole with his left hand, but that will come with time. I love this kid’s intensity and I know he will put in the work.
I’ve compared him to Michael Carter-Williams because of the shared inconsistent jump shot, weak free throw shooting, great court vision, and incredible athleticism. MCW has had an odd career thus far. There were those that praised him for his solid statistical rookie season while others focused on the weaknesses, particularly his awful jump shot. Whether he has found a home in Milwaukee has yet to be seen, but it’s hard to tell how his career will shape out. I believe Rashad Vaughn shares that same type of mystery. Right now, he possesses the talent to become a good starter at shooting guard, but Vaughn’s career path is in his hands and he has the ability to determine just how good he will be.
Future Professional Potential: Solid Starter