By Jeff Ermann
Special to The Baltimore Sun
7:00 AM EST, November 29, 2012
Minneapolis shooting guard and Terps target Rashad Vaughn will cut his massive list of schools later this week according to his AAU coach, Marquis Watts.
“He’s going to trim down his list, probably to around 10 schools, later this week or at the end of the week. Right now, he would just say he’s open to everyone,” Watts said.
Vaughn, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior who burst onto the national radar last summer, is ranked the No. 2 shooting guard and No. 10 overall prospect in 2014 per 247Sports. Maryland is among the dozens of schools to extend scholarship offers, including traditional recruiting heavyweights like Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina, and the Terps have remained in contact since watching his ascent.
“Bino [Ranson] is trying to remain in touch with him, especially with the Terps going to the Big 10," Watts said. "I know he was intrigued by Maryland before in the ACC. I haven’t talked to him about it, but now you’re playing at Minnesota and other [Big 10 cities], so that may be something that catches his eye."
Vaughn is a precocious prospect, having just turned 16. But he has been playing 17-and-under travel basketball since he was 14. He played in the frontcourt during his youth because he was bigger than other players, but has made an impressive transition to the wing.
“He took it upon himself to become one of the best shooters in the country," Watts said. "He’s athletic, he’s got the mid-range game with the pull-up and the floater, and then he’s got the 3 and he can score off the bounce."
Watts said he wasn’t aware of any recent visits by Maryland’s staff, and hasn’t talked to Vaughn specifically about whether the Terrapins will make the upcoming cut.“I know he’s always talked highly and thought well of Maryland," Watts said. "I know that Bino has done a good job of getting on the phone and touching base and letting him know how they feel about him."
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