Jul 18, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Team USA Midwest player Rashad Vaughn (9) dribbles the ball against Team Brasil during the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Why North Carolina Needs to Pursue Rashad Vaughn

As of right now the North Carolina Tar Heels have the #1 recruiting class in 2014 according to most experts. Carolina has had commitments from three players ranked inside the top 15 according to ESPN’s top 100 for 2014, small forwards Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson ranked #8 and #13 respectively & point guard Joel Berry who is #14 in the class. With all the good recruiting Carolina has done this off-season, they haven’t addressed the biggest need for the class… the shooting guard!

That’s where the #1 shooting guard in high school Rashad Vaughn comes in. He’s a 6’6 200 lbs flat out stud from Golden Valley, Minnesota and if coach Roy Williams can convince him to commit to Carolina it will be the best group of players to come to Chapel Hill in several years.

Vaughn is a sharpshooter with unlimited range who can also create his own shot and he will attack the basket. Basically he can do it all and if Rashad decides to sign with the Heels, I believe he would be the final piece to a 2014-2015 National Title run. Some would say Carolina doesn’t need Vaughn because the class is already great and the Heels will land a shooter. I agree that UNC will grab a shooter to round out the class but just any shooting guard won’t cut it in my opinion!

Over the last couple recruiting cycles Roy Williams and his staff have whiffed on some of the elite guards and wings in the country. Marcus Smart, Rasheed Sulaimon and Omar Calhoun all had offers from UNC but for some reason or another they all decided to take their talents elsewhere.

To be honest since Wayne Ellington went pro following the 2009 National Championship season, Carolina’s two guard situation has been unstable at best. Dexter Strickland was up and down his entire career, Reggie Bullock seemed to be the answer but when the team went small he was forced to play more as a forward and is now in the NBA. In the upcoming season senior Leslie McDonald will get his shot at being the guy.

Now I understand that the 2013-2014 season has to be played and a lot will certainly happen between now and then on the recruiting trail. With that said Tar Heel fans should play close attention to Rashad Vaughn’s recruitment because if Carolina doesn’t get him or another sharp shooter we probably should get ready for a two point guard starting back court.


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