UNC Basketball Recruiting: Tar Heels offer Rashad Vaughn


North Carolina Tar Heels basketball coach Roy Williams was in attendance to watch five-star Minneapolis shooting guard Rashad Vaughn star for Robbinsdale Cooper, and boy did Vaughn show up big. He poured 34 points on his opponent to go with ten rebounds in an emphatic double-double, and Williams certainly took notice. So much so, in fact, that Williams extended an offer to Vaughn on the spot during the termed “coaches visit” to watch Robbinsdale Cooper.

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Rashad Vaughn is one of the top ten recruits in the 2014 class, and he is clearly one of the most coveted elite five-star guys out there. Vaughn is looking at nine major programs very closely in particular in UNC, Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Maryland, Iowa State, in-state power Minnesota, and Louisville. He also has offers from Colorado, Oregon State, Nebraska, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona State, Florida State, Iowa, Memphis, UConn, Miami, and Wisconsin.

The 6’5″, 190 pound recruit is viewed as the top shooting guard in the 2014 class, but he is only the second-ranked player in the state of Minnesota. That’s not the fault of Vaughn, though, because the man ahead of him is coveted five-star St. Paul point guard Tyus Jones, who, like Vaughn, is a big target for Baylor, UNC, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Kansas (Duke, Ohio State, and Michigan State are also heavily involved).

Anyway, this North Carolina offer is absolutely huge for the five-star shooting guard, and the Tar Heels are quickly right in the thick of his recruitment after Williams’s prompt and wise offer. Williams also watched Vaughn play early last month, and the country’s best coaches regularly check in on Vaughn to watch his talents showcased. He took an unofficial visit to Ames early this month to check in on the Iowa State Cyclones.

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