Who’s Got Next? Rashad Vaughn and an Introduction to 7’0″ Michal CekovskyPosted by Sean Moran on December 2nd, 2013
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Rashad Vaughn: The Top Remaining Guard
Five-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn is ranked the No. 13 prospect in the country, but when it comes to uncommitted guards in the class of 2014 he is the at the top of the board. The 6’5” Vaughn is listed as the second-best shooting guard in the country behind Seton Hall signee Isaiah Whitehead (#12 overall, #1 SG), and is looking to make a college decision sometime in the spring. Right now Iowa State and UNLV are the presumed leaders with Vaughn having visited both schools in November. Other schools are in the mix, including North Carolina, which was originally scheduled to receive a visit in September, but was recently re-scheduled for the weekend of February 15.
Vaughn gained notoriety during his stellar junior season at Robbinsdale Cooper (MN) High School where he averaged almost 29 points per game, and he continued his impressive play during the spring and summer on the Nike EYBL AAU Circuit. Over a two-month span Vaughn averaged 19.4 points per game despite seeing frequent double-teams, while also adding 6.5 rebounds per outing. After a summer competing against the best players from across the country, Vaughn transferred to Findlay Prep (NV) which is currently rated is USA Today‘s top high school team in the country. Vaughn is a dynamic scorer with good size for his position. He possesses a sweet stroke from the outside, but can also score off the dribble and from the mid-range. No matter what college campus he lands on, Vaughn will most likely be the teams’ top scorer as a freshman. Here is a look at how he would fit in next year at the two schools that already received his official visits along with UNC which is next up on his visit list.
- Iowa State: Vaughn would team up with Iowa State recruit Clayton Custer, a three-star point guard from Kansas. He would step in right away and replace senior shooting guard DeAndre Kane, who is currently the teams’ second leading scorer with 16.4 points per game. The Cyclones like to get up and down the floor as evidenced by their 73.9 possessions per game (23rd in the country). In addition to Custer, Vaughn would join sharpshooter Matt Thomas on the wing and 6’7” forward Georges Niang to create another dangerous team in Ames.
- UNLV: UNLV was late to the Vaughn recruitment, but now that he is at Findlay Prep the Rebels are in close proximity to the talented guard. Vaughn took an official visit this past week and would join up with five-star small forward Dwayne Morgan (#20 overall, #7 SF) and four-star center Goodluck Okonoboh (#39 overall, #5 C) in a talented 2014 class. With the unexpected transfer of Katin Reinhardt, the Rebels are in dire need of additional outside shooting. Right now, only senior guard Kevin Olekaibe has hit more than five threes on the season. If Vaughn were to stay in Nevada, his commitment would give UNLV a top 10 recruiting class and would position the Rebels to again compete in the Mountain West Conference.
- UNC: The Tar Heels currently have the No. 4 ranked recruiting class in 2014 with five-star point guard Joel Berry (#21 overall, #3 PG), five-star small forward Justin Jackson (#9 overall, #3 SF) and four-star small forward Theo Pinson (#27 overall, #10 SF). While they already have two committed wing players, Roy Williams is still in search of a true shooting guard who can extend the defense. Right now UNC is thin on the perimeter and only has one threat from the three-point line in point guard Marcus Paige. Vaughn would team up with Paige to give the Heels one of the top backcourts in the country.
Michal Cekovsky: A Hot Commodity
Only two top 100 big men in the class of 2014 remain uncommitted in five-star center Myles Turner (#2 overall) and four-star forward Jonah Bolden (#30 overall, #6 PF). Given the lack of available talent in the frontcourt, college coaches were excited last week when they watched an unknown seven-footer pop up on their radar. Last week this column introduced you to Matz Stockman and Shaquille Doorson after they committed to Louisville and Pittsburgh, respectively. While these two seven-footers were already taken, their teammate Michal Cekovsky emerged as a new and enticing prospect for high major colleges. Cekovsky is 7’0” and 220 pounds and plays for the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain which recently played in the National Prep Showcase held in New Haven, Connecticut. Cekovsky hails from Slovakia and could be considered the most talented player on the Canarias roster. He can run the floor like a forward and has the ability to hit a jump hook in the post while also exhibiting a soft touch on his shot which extends out to the three-point line. This past summer Cekovsky played for the U-20 Slovak Republic team and averaged 13.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game over a seven game stretch in the European Championships. Per Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Cekovsky has already picked up a scholarship offer from Louisville and with his play in New Haven last week, expect many more offers to start coming his way.