By CHIP MILLERSpecial to ZAGSBLOGRashad Vaughn created a small stir during session one of the Nike E.Y.B.L. Circuit in late April. Talk started that the top ranked shooting guard out of Robbinsdale Cooper (MN) High School was transferring to Huntington (W.V.) Prep, one of the top prep schools in the nation, for his senior season.
When asked if he would be playing for Huntington Prep in the fall, Vaughn replied to Next Cats, “I can’t confirm that right now.”
Friday, Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford received some great news when 2014 point gaurd Josh Perkinsannounced that he would transfer to the Prep school for his Senior season.
As reported earlier by ZAGSBLOG, Perkins will join 2014 five-star small forward Jalen Lindsey — who announced his high school intentions in late April — on the court in West Virginia. Vaughn, a natural scorer, who currently is averaging 19.2 points per game on the Nike EYBL circuit, would be a missing piece that would give Huntington a powerful one-two punch in the backcourt.
Friday evening Vaughn discussed his future high school career, stating he will likely will decide in July whether to return to Robbinsdale Cooper for his senior year or transfer to a prep school, possibly Huntington Prep.
“That’s why it’s taking so long, because family is a big thing to me,” Vaughn told TwinCities.com Friday after playing in a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League game in Eagan. “So I don’t know if I want to leave my family. But at the same time, it would be great for basketball.”
Huntington Prep was the home of future Kansas Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins, the consensus No. 1 player in the 2013 class and the early favorite to be the overall No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Fulford will attempt to replace Wiggins, Xavier Rathan-Mayes (FSU), Moses Kingsley (Arkansas) and four others, leaving a large gap to fill. Vaughn would bring the top shooting guard in the nation to West Virginia and fill a vital position for the reloading Express.
Vaughn may be up to a year away from deciding who he will choose amongst the growing list of top shelf Division 1 programs, but first he will have to choose to stay home, or as Vaughn said himself, transfer and “help me get better and more prepared for the next level.”
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