BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Brooklyn Nets now own three top-20 picks from the 2015 draft in D’Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor and now, Rashad Vaughn. They also have the No. 23 pick, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. All are between 21 and 23 years old, with Vaughn the youngest.
He was introduced to the media before Tuesday’s game and talked about how excited he is to play with a rebuilding organization like the Nets.
“Just [see] a group of young guys,” said Vaughn. “You can see the future here and you can look at the organization, what they’re doing with the practice facility. It’s a bright future. They’ve made a lot of trades. “They’ve got Jahlil [Okafor] here. Rondae [Hollis-Jefferson] being here. I’ve known him. We worked out for the draft together. I’m pretty familiar with a lot of guys.”
Vaughn went onto explain how he and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson were roommates during the pre-draft combine. As Vaughn spoke, Hollis-Jefferson couldn’t contain his laughter.
“I gave him, like 30 when we played him in college. He was trying to guard me. They were switching him and Stan on me,” Vaughn said, recalling a game between his UNLV squad and RHJ’s Arizona. “I think they were about the No. 1 team at that time when we beat them. Then we went through the draft process together.”
Vaughn, 21, was taken with the 17th pick in the 2015 Draft, but his career hasn’t been all too great in two season with Milwaukee where he’s averaged 3.1 points on 31 percent shooting from deep. His career-high game (22 points) came against the Nets.
“Rashad, obviously we’ve got to get to know him better. He’s had a couple of good games against us, I know that. It will take some time to get with our coaches and figure out where he is,” said Kenny Atkinson.
“I think I can come in and help in a lot of different ways,” said Vaughn. “Spreading the floor. Making plays with teammates. I can also get down on the defensive end.”
He’ll need to prove himself if he wants to crack the rotation. A 6’6” shooting guard, Vaughn will need to show that he can hit the three ball on a consistent basis if he plans on passing the likes of Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and even Nik Stauskas off the bench.
He’s very pleased to be here.
“I’m just happy for a new opportunity,” said Vaughn. “To be able to come here, great group of guys. Young team.”
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