Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By JACK LeGWIN & ADAM ZAGORIARashad Vaughn has added Kentucky back on his list after Wildcats assistant Orlando Antigua checked in on him Tuesday night at Findlay Prep.
“Yeah,” the 6-foot-5 Vaughn told SNY.tv by text.
Vaughn had previously cut his list to seven schools — Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Iowa State, Minnesota, North Carolina and UNLV.
Having missed out on Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Kelly Oubre (Kansas) and James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana), Kentucky is searching for another wing to join a class that includes point guard Tyler Ulis, big man Karl Towns Jr., and Devin Booker, a natural shooting guard.
Vaughn won’t sign until the late signing period in the spring so head coach John Calipari and his staff now have several months to re-engage him.
“My guess is we’re going to sign two more,” Calipari said last month on ESPNU.
Having made the move to Findlay Prep from Minnesota for his senior season, Vaughn is enjoying his senior season.
“He’s playing very well right now,” Pete Kaffey, Vaughn’s mentor and Findlay Prep assistant coach, told SNY.tv on Tuesday. “He’s averaging right around 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists a game for us this season. He’s playing the one and two right now, so he’s enjoying that transition.”
“I think he’s enjoying life at Findlay Prep,” he added. “We have a system here, we have a great set-up with academics, as well as how we prepare every day. He’s enjoying his teammates, so I think he’s liking it so far.”
The No. 17-ranked player in the country by ESPN in the Class of 2014, Vaughn will take an official visit to North Carolina on the Feb. 15. Vaughn already visited Iowa State and UNLV, the other presumed frontrunners on Nov. 17, and 25.
He will then have two officials left from his remaining group of schools, which now includes Kentucky.
“He’s thinking about (the decision), he has to,” Kaffey said. “He has to find a place find a place to go for college. He’s one of the few kids that are blessed to go anywhere, but I don’t think that he stresses out about it all that much. He’s planning on focusing on the season.
“That is why he is waiting that long because he can really focus on this year. But when the season is over, he can start to put some more effort into looking at all of his visits, and making a decision.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.