UK target Rashad Vaughn to play on ESPNU on Monday

broberts@herald-leader.comJanuary 19, 2014 

Rashad Vaughn, right, is set to return from a knee injury Monday when his Findlay Prep (Nev.) team faces Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) in the Flyin' To The Hoop Invitational. analyst Evan Daniels considers Vaughn one of the best perimeter scorers in the country.

KETTERING, Ohio — Fans attending Friday night's session of the Flyin' To The Hoop Invitational missed out on five-star senior Rashad Vaughn, who is set to make his return from a knee injury Monday on national television.

Vaughn — a top UK recruiting target — has missed the last six games with a sore left knee. He is expected to be back in the starting lineup when Findlay Prep (Nev.) plays Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) at 11:30 a.m. Monday. That game will be shown live on ESPNU. ranks Vaughn as the No. 13 overall prospect in the Class of 2014. Scout national analyst Evan Daniels said Vaughn is one of the two best perimeter scorers in the country, along with five-star Seton Hall signee Isaiah Whitehead.

"What sticks out about Rashad is his all-around scoring ability," Daniels told the Herald-Leader. "I think he's gotten a lot stronger. He's a pretty good athlete. And where he's really improved his game is his ability to get to and score at the rim. And he's also seen consistency with his long-range shot.

"He's arguably the top scorer in the country. If I need a basket on one possession, there's not too many guys I'd choose over Rashad Vaughn."

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard recently narrowed his list to five schools: Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Iowa State and UNLV.

UK Coach John Calipari has publicly said that he's looking to add another perimeter player to his recruiting class of 2014, which already includes four-star guards Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker.

Daniels said Vaughn's interest in UK could hinge on what Andrew and Aaron Harrison decide to do at the end of the season. If the twins leave for the NBA, there would be a much greater immediate need at the guard spots.

Vaughn has already taken official visits to Iowa State and UNLV, the two schools considered the frontrunners at this point. He has another trip scheduled to North Carolina for next month. As of now, there are no set-in-stone plans to officially visit Lexington.

"I think if (UK) gets an official visit, they're right there in the mix," Daniels said. "They're making a strong late push."

Ulis dazzles

UK signee Tyler Ulis returned home Saturday and turned in another big performance in front of Coach John Calipari and assistants Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne.

Ulis grew up in Lima, Ohio — about 80 miles north of Kettering — and was a local basketball standout before moving to the Chicago area before his freshman year of high school. The 5-9 point guard wowed the sold-out Ohio crowd with 30 points and five steals in a 67-60 victory over Dayton Dunbar in the final game of the night Saturday.

Calipari, Antigua and Payne watched Ulis play in Paducah the previous week. He had 14 points and 10 assists in that victory.

Record breaker

Top UK recruiting target Luke Kennard broke his high school's career scoring record Friday night, surpassing the mark that his uncle Todd had held for 30 years. Kennard needs just two more rebounds to become Franklin (Ohio) High's all-time leader in that category, which will almost certainly happen Tuesday night.

If Kennard wants to go for the triple, he has a lot of ground to make up. The Franklin assists record will be tough to beat, especially for a player who is relied on for scoring as much as Kennard.

The assists mark also belongs to a familiar face ... Franklin head coach Brian Bales.

"If he gets close, I'm going to sit him," Bales said with a grin. "We've got to leave one record there for someone else."

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