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Rashad Vaughn intends to be a one-and-done player, and we know this as a fact. He confirmed as much to the St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press earlier this month.
"My dream has always been to go to the league," Vaughn said. "The quicker I can do it is how I want to do it. Going one-and-done, that's really what I want to do. But it's really the time you put into it."
To that end, he's spending his senior year at Findlay Prep near Las Vegas, NV—a school that has sent several recent alumni to the NBA, most recently 2013's No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett. He'll then need a school where he can be a dominant player rather than one of many interchangeable parts.
If that school's in a power conference and he can still produce, all the better.
Vaughn trimmed his list to 11 schools in late July, and some have better reputations for producing one-and-dones than others. Rubbing elbows with Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona are relatively less heralded programs like Iowa State, UNLV and Minnesota.
Like fellow in-state stars Tyus Jones and Reid Travis, new Gopher coach Richard Pitino has kept his club in the mix for Vaughn against all odds.
In an interview with 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, Vaughn said "I like coach Pitino. The Gophers got a good chance."
The prospects of him getting all the shots he wants are certainly better than at Minnesota than Kentucky or Kansas, where he would surely enter alongside a host of other elite recruits.
Still, if anyone knows how to produce one-and-done lottery picks, it's John Calipari. Kansas can also point to the recent success of Ben McLemore, while North Carolina can sell Vaughn on being the player who can break the school's recent string of pedestrian shooting guards.
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