Ex-Cooper star Vaughn decides to stay in Las Vegas, picks UNLV

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  • Updated: February 12, 2014 - 7:27 AM

Rashad Vaughn will extend his stay in Las Vegas.

The five-star high school basketball recruit originally from Twin Cities announced he will attend the University of Nevada-Las Vegas on Tuesday night on national television.

Wearing a bow tie and black vest with Las Vegas palm trees in the background, the shooting guard thanked all of the schools that recruited him before making his selection nearly three months after most top recruits.

UNLV beat out Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina. The Rebels joined the recruiting process later than most. They gained interest after Vaughn left Cooper High School last fall for Las Vegas and Findlay Prep.

The Gophers were among Vaughn’s finalists, but did not make his top five.

Vaughn is rated ESPN’s 18th best recruit in the Class of 2014.


Tribute to Mayasich

The University of Minnesota will honor John Mayasich as part of the state’s Olympic celebration during Friday’s Big Ten hockey game against Michigan at Mariucci Arena.

Mayasich will drop a puck during a ceremony before the 8 p.m. game. He was a three-time All-America player and is still the Gophers’ all-time leading scorer with 298 points in 111 career games.

The native of Eveleth, Minn., is the only Gopher to have his jersey (No. 8) retired.

His eight national team appearances, which included winning a silver medal in the 1956 Olympics and a gold in the 1960 Olympics, are the most in U.S. history. Mayasich was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976.

U women on course

The Gophers women’s golf team tied the program’s 54-hole record with a 5-over 869 in the Central Florida Classic in Orlando, Fla.

Minnesota tied for fifth in the 19-team field after back-to-back rounds of 287s.

“I’m excited about the direction we are heading as a program,” third-year head coach Michele Redman said. “This is a great start to our spring season.”

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