Rashad Vaughn said he enjoyed Iowa State’s raucous atmosphere.
He connected with the coaches, too — even enough to joke that he could outshoot head man Fred Hoiberg during one of his final visits to Hilton Coliseum.
But in the end, the five-star shooting guard of Findlay (Nev.) Prep prized something else more:
A chance to play for Dave Rice’s UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.
“I just liked everything he was talking about,” Vaughn, a longtime ISU recruiting target, said early Tuesday evening when announcing his commitment to UNLV on CBS Sports Network. “I liked the blueprint that he set out for me and me and my family, we just decided this is what was best for me and just the recruiting class they’ve got coming in with me, I feel like we can do something special next year.”
Vaughn, a 6-5 pure shooter and scorer tabbed as the Class of 2014’s seventh-best recruit by Rivals, is averaging 20 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists for Findlay Prep this season.
He’s setting a high bar for his freshman — and maybe only — college season.
“I know with the pieces we’ve got next year and the team we will have next year, I feel we can win a national championship,” Vaughn said. “That’s just what’s most important to me.”
ISU was widely considered to be No. 2 on Vaughn’s final list, which also included blue bloods in Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.
“It’s a blessing for it to be over,” Vaughn said. “I really enjoyed the recruiting process, but now it’s a relief off my shoulders.”
The current Cyclones (18-5, 6-5 Big 12, ranked No. 14 in the USA Today coaches poll) will try to rebound from Monday’s 102-77 loss at West Virginia. They play host to Texas Tech (12-11, 4-6) at 12:45 p.m. Saturday in Ames.