Rashad Vaughn announced Tuesday that he was going to play basketball at Nevada-Las Vegas, not Iowa State.
The guard from Findlay College Prep in Henderson, Nev., via Golden Valley, Minn., was wooed long and hard by the Cyclones. But McDonald’s All-Americans, of which Vaughn is one this year, don’t come to Iowa for college.
Iowa State has had one McDonald’s All-American since the game began in 1977. That was Marcus Fizer in 1997.
Iowa has signed eight McDonald’s All-Americans out of high school, but the most-recent was Chris Kingsbury in 1993. The others were Michael Payne (1981), Brad Lohaus (1982), Al Lorenzen (1984), Ed Horton and Roy Marble (1985), Ray Thompson (1988), and Kenyon Murray (1992). Lute Olson brought in the first three, George Raveling recruited Horton and Marble, and Tom Davis brought in Thompson, Murray and Kingsbury.
Kingsbury, by the way, is the senior vice president and chief operating officer at Bank of Dixon County in Nebraska.
Iowa had two other McDonald’s players as transfers, Sam Okey and Luke Recker.
By contrast, Kentucky has signed four 2014 McDonald’s All-Americans, and signed six last year. It kind of stacks the deck, wouldn’t you say?
In the Big Ten, here are the numbers of McDonald’s players to sign with Big Ten schools directly out of high school since Kingsbury cast his lot with Iowa in ’93:
Ohio State 12 (including 2014 MAA D’Angelo Russell)
Michigan State 12
Indiana 11 (Including 2014 MAA James Blackmon Jr.)
Penn State 0
Here are current Big 12 members and the MAAs they’ve signed since Fizer hooked on with Iowa State in ’97:
Kansas 21 (includes two 2014 McDonald’s honorees)
Oklahoma State 4
Kansas State 2
Iowa State 1
Texas Tech 0
West Virginia 0
According to this site, North Carolina and Duke are tied for the most McDonald’s All-Americans from 1990-2013 with 44 apiece. That’s 15 more than third-best Kentucky.
Here is a list of all the McDonald’s All-American Game rosters.
Duke and Kentucky each have signed four 2014 McDonald’s players. Iowa and Iowa State have one each since 1993.
Well, Devyn Marble and Melvin Ejim weren’t McDonald’s All-Americans. What team in the country wouldn’t want them this season?
So there’s that.
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