Next Cats: UK reconnects with 2014 standout Vaughn

broberts@herald-leader.comDecember 4, 2013 

UK recruit Rashad Vaughn will finish his high school career at Findlay Prep. He already has a scholarship offer from the Cats. Photo: Star Tribune

A familiar name is back on John Calipari’s recruiting radar.

Findlay Prep shooting guard Rashad Vaughn got a visit from UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua on Tuesday. Findlay assistant coach Pete Kaffey, who also serves as Vaughn’s mentor, confirmed the visit to the Herald-Leader. ranks Vaughn as the No. 13 overall prospect in the Class of 2014, which makes him the No. 2 uncommitted prospect behind Texas center Myles Turner. Vaughn seemingly cut UK from consideration earlier this year after the Cats stopped recruiting him, but Kaffey said UK has been back in contact for about a month. He also said the break in the recruitment was somewhat planned.

“They’ve been recruiting him for a while now,” Kaffey told the Herald-Leader. “We just haven’t been making it public. They wanted to deal with the fall recruits first, and since Rashad was going to be deciding so late it didn’t make sense to go hard (after him) when you could try to get other guys right now.”

Calipari signed four high-caliber players during the early period last month: Center Karl Towns, forward Trey Lyles and guards Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis. The UK coach publicly said that he is looking to add at least two more recruits to his 2014 class, and he’s looking especially for perimeter players.

Kaffey noted that Vaughn had a scholarship offer from Kentucky earlier this year and they believe that offer is still on the table.

Vaughn has already taken official visits to Iowa State and UNLV — the perceived favorites in his recruitment — and has an official visit planned to North Carolina in February. The 6-foot-5 guard is also listing Baylor, Minnesota, Kansas and Arizona.

Kaffey said Calipari has been in contact with Vaughn since the recruitment picked back up a few weeks ago and that his player remains interested in UK.

“He’s interested, yeah,” Kaffey said. “C’mon, man. It’s Kentucky.”

There is no timetable for Vaughn’s college decision. He’s playing his first season at Findlay Prep after starting his high school career in his home state of Minnesota. Kaffey estimated that Vaughn is averaging 24 points, five assists, five rebounds and four steals so far for the Pilots, considered one of the best teams in the country.

Findlay Prep’s roster also includes Class of 2014 power forward Jonah Bolden, who has Kentucky among his six finalists.

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