Report: UNLV freshman guard Rashad Vaughn to enter NBA draft; Vaughn denies it

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To me, this is why the proposed changes to the NCAA rules on when players can announce for the draft — and letting some underclassman go to a combine where they can get honest feedback from teams, not agents/family/hangers-on — is so needed.

UNLV freshman guard Rashad Vaughn may be entering the NBA draft.

We say may be because it depends on who you ask. The very-well connected and rarely wrong Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that Vaughn has decided to go pro.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas freshman guard Rashad Vaughn has plans to enter the 2015 NBA draft, league sources told Yahoo Sports. A formal announcement is expected in the near future, sources said.

Vaughn denied that on twitter.

Here’s the thing: He shouldn’t. Not yet. (Unless there is a real financial hardship for his family.)

Vaughn is likely a mid second-round pick at this point (DraftExpress.com has him at 48) and it is highly unlikely he moves up to the first round. Second round picks do not have guaranteed contracts, which at best means Vaughn is on the end of an NBA bench for a season making the minimum. More likely he spends time in the D-League or overseas.

Maybe the highlight of his season was when Vaughn dropped 21 on Arizona in UNLV’s upset win over the Wildcats. However, a film breakdown of that at DraftExpress.com shows likely top 5 pick Stanley Johnson, as well as the rest of the Arizona defense, pushing him around and making his life difficult.

Vaughn needs more time in college to develop.

Here is what PBT’s NBA Draft expert Ed Isaacson of Rotoworld and NBADraftBlog had to say about Vaughn:

“Though injuries cut short his season, Vaughn was able to show that he was the scorer many expected when he got to college. He has a nice shooting stroke, even from long-range, though his shot selection seemed to be a problem. Vaughn likes to attack off the dribble, though he can have some trouble getting all the way to the basket, and relies on a variety of mid/short-range jumpers, floaters, etc. to try and create shot attempts. 

“Vaughn is not a very good defender, and though UNLV played a good amount of zone this year, he wasn’t very good at challenging opposing players, and a lot of the fundamentals, moving his feet, seeing the floor, getting his hands up, seemed to be lacking. Vaughn is a good athlete and has the physical tools to be a decent defender, he just hasn’t figured it out, or been taught how to, yet.
“The bottom line is that I don’t think Vaughn is near ready yet for the NBA, and though there is long-term potential there, possibly as a scorer off the bench, there’s not a lot that stands out about his game right now to warrant a team taking a big chance on him. Team workouts may help him, and there might be a few teams who would take a late-first round shot on him, but I hope it’s a team with their own D-League organization so he can get court minutes to improve.”

Sometimes kids, the right thing to do is stay in school.