However the 2014-15 college basketball season ends, it’s a sure bet that the performance of the country’s top freshmen will have a lot to say about the outcome. There will be plenty of time after the nets are cut down to wonder about what might have been, but for now, it’s time to look to the future and make some projections for what might yet be when it comes to the elite recruits around the nation.
Rashad Vaughn, for one, is the best shooting guard in the freshman class, but he’s joining a UNLV squad that has almost no veteran talent returning. Will he thrive as the lone offensive star on the Vegas stage, or will the lack of help doom him to a disappointing first season?
Read on for a look at the most encouraging—and the most disheartening—possibilities facing Vaughn, along with imagined outcomes for the rest of the 20 freshmen with the greatest potential in the 2014 recruiting class.