1 - Rashad Vaughn


  • Birthday: 8/16/96
  • NBA Position: Shooting Guard
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-5
  • Wt: 200
  • Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
  • High School: Findlay Prep
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Mock:  17

NBA Comparison: Jordan Adams

Strengths: One of the youngest players in the draft, though already possesses a strong body and adequate size for the SG position … Was the second leading freshman scorer in the nation (17.8 ppg) during his lone season at UNLV, displaying a lot of potential with his shooting ability … Good sense of how to space the floor on offense, reacts well to where the defense is and makes himself a viable target for the passer … Has some ability to put the ball on the floor if the defense over commits … Solid speed, can also drive to the rack with runners and floaters … High release on his shot, great when he is squared up to the basket and needs very little space to get his shot off … Showed definite improvement as the season went on and upped his efficiency as a shooter in conference play … His handle is improving, which should only add to his already vast array of ways to score the ball … Has potential to be a dangerous spot-up shooter, keeps defenses honest … Knows how to use the pick-and-roll well, showed a lot of promise in this area and is also a dangerous player in the pick-and-pop … Relied upon in isolation quite a bit, has some promise as far as creating for himself at times … With a strong body and some decent lateral quickness, showed potential as a perimeter defender … Will challenge through contact, was adept at playing defense off of the ball as well … Played a high number of minutes and showed up to the combine in very good condition ...

His shot selection was forced at times, tended to settle for off-balanced or contested attempts rather than make the extra pass … While he displays solid athleticism, he does not jump out of the gym and sometimes avoids contact … For a player with his immediate size advantage over his position at the college level, did not display much of a post game where he could use this to his advantage … His left hand will need work, was a noticeable decline when he went to the off-hand … His on-ball defense is an area he will also need to focus on, does not have great length and posted a low steal rate … Not really a player that pushes the break, plus not a very consistent finisher close to the basket … While he was a very strong defensive rebounder, did very little on the offensive glass, which would just be an added bonus and maybe a sign of ability to mix it up … Handle will still need work as far as getting the looks he did in college once he gets to the NBA … Does not have much of an ability to blow by defenders when in straight up isolation, not an incredibly quick first step and not incredibly creative as a ball handler … Had a noticeable drop-off in production against tougher competition and was sometimes bothered by lengthy defenders … Had some issues with injuries even before arriving at UNLV, season ended early due to a torn meniscus in his left knee, plus had issues with his other knee upon arriving on campus … Will need to become better at using screens and using angles to create openings around the floor … Free-throw shooting was lower than what one would expect for a shooter like Vaughn (69.4% FT) and did not get to the line at a great rate … Passing definitely has room for improvement, as does overall decision making ...

Notes: Measured 6'5 (with shoes) 203 lbs with a 6'6 wingspan at the 2013 Kevin Durant Skills Academy … Measured 6’5 in shoes, 198.6 lbs with a 6’7 wingspan and a 8’5 standing reach at the 2015 NBA Draft Combine … Attended Cooper in Robinsdale, Minnesota for his first three years of high school, finishing his senior year at Findlay Prep in Nevada, Las Vegas … Played in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic during his final year of High School … Was invited to try-out for the USA U18 National Team, though was unable to play due to injury … Through 23 games at UNLV, posted averages of 17.8 ppg (43.9% FG, 38.3% 3PT, 69.4% FT), 4.8 rpg and 1.6 apg (2.2 topg) in 33.8 mpg … Named 2015 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, with an All-Mountain West Honorable Mention … Despite his youth, was very college ready and showed himself to do some good things as a high volume scorer/shooter … Has really intrigued in work-outs, with visions of his ability to stretch the floor, plus the potential to contribute in other areas on offense, as well as having some potential to defend position … Making plays off of screens will be his next step, reacting quickly and choosing his spots rather than forcing offense … Still played well in a pretty difficult situation with a lot of pressure to assume a major scoring role … Has a lot of qualities you look for in a scoring guard, with his age adding further intrigue as far as what he can bring to the table in the future … Best situation will still give him time, let him work on his ball skills, though should still have some ability to be a shooting and offensive threat in spurts … One of the better long term shooting guard prospects in the draft who can pay off as a rotation scorer, possibly even a feared shooter given more time and repetition … Was thought to be an early 2nd round selection, though it now appears he will not make it past the first round, possibly even going mid-first based on his ability to score and his physique at such a young age ...

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