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Getting Another Look at Wisconsin
MADISON - Growing up in Minnesota, Rashad Vaughn needed a basketball team to latch on to and call his favorite. Not willing to go with the home town crowd and pick the Golden Gophers, Vaughn became a big fan of the Big 12, especially the physicality of Kansas and Texas. Imagine his excitement years later that now both schools have extended him a scholarship. "It really showed (to me) that hard work pays off," Vaughn told Badger Nation. "It was really exciting for me that those two schools would offer me because I followed them." The problem for Vaughn – ranked the No.9 small forward in the 2014 class by Scout.com - is now is that he's realizing there are a lot of other good schools outside the plains, one of which he saw up close and personal again on Saturday. One of the top high school sophomores in the state of Minnesota, Vaughn followed up a fall trip to a UW football game by watching the Badgers compete against No.3 Ohio State on Saturday. "Wisconsin has good facilities down there," said Vaughn. "They have a good weight room, workout plan, the Kohl Center is really nice and the coaches are really good. It's a good program and the atmosphere speaks for itself. The atmosphere is always crazy when I go there. The fans there are wild, and I like that." Like Minnesota players Mike Bruesewitz, Jared Berggren and Jordan Taylor, Vaughn (6-5, 180 pounds) is being recruited by associate head coach Greg Gard, who has traveled to see Vaughn play in the cities multiple times this season. "We've been talking every now and then, but he's been reaching out a lot," said Vaughn, who was offered by Vaughn last summer. "When I came down for my visit, he showed me around. He's a pretty good coach." After the game, Vaughn and his family went out to eat with Jon Leuer's dad and spoke with Coach Bo Ryan in his office. "Coach Ryan said Wisconsin would be a good place (for me) and I know I could trust the coaching staff," said Vaughn. "He was just telling me about the school, the way he trains people there. I know it's a good school and a good team. I'm real comfortable with Wisconsin. I like them." Lauded for his athleticism with his dribbling and his ability to create space with his smooth jump shot, Vaughn has been rising up the recruiting charts with offers from additional schools Arizona State, Baylor, Boston College, Georgetown, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Oregon State. "I'm handling it good, just taking it one day at a time," Vaughn said. "I'm focusing hard on my high school season, but it's nice to get out and see some of these schools." For Robbinsdale Cooper (Minn.) Senior, Vaughn is averaging around 29 points, 12 rebounds and four assists per game, a big jump up from his 11.6 points per game he averaged his freshman year. "I am trying to be more of scorer and work hard on my defensive game," said Vaughn. "I am obviously trying to be more of a leader for my team and make sure more game is more consistent. That comes from working hard, which is what I've been doing to get where I am at. I just want to become a better player." Vaughn claims no favorites – saying ‘I like them all' – and hopes to have one favorite going into his senior year.
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