UNLV’s Freshmen Focus

UNLV will lean on one of the nation’s best rookie classes this season, with five true freshmen expected to play significant roles

Rashad Vaughn

Rashad Vaughn

Rashad Vaughn

Position: Guard

High school: Findlay Prep

Rivals.com ranking: No. 8

Vaughn, who averaged 19.9 points per game as a high school senior, has the potential to be the best freshman scorer in the country, period. His elite perimeter skills—Vaughn shot 43.3 percent from 3-point range as a senior—should translate immediately as UNLV’s starting shooting guard.


Dwayne Morgan on the right. | Photo by Josh Metz

Dwayne Morgan on the right. | Photo by Josh Metz

Dwayne Morgan

Position: Forward

High school: St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)

Rivals.com ranking: No. 15

Touted for his energetic play, the athletic Morgan should rev up the Rebels’ attack by running the floor and finishing on the break.

 


Goodluck Okonoboh | Photo by Josh Metz

Goodluck Okonoboh | Photo by Josh Metz

Goodluck Okonoboh

Position: Center/forward

High school: Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Wilbraham, Massachusetts)

Rivals.com ranking: No. 31

With a dearth of true big men on the roster, UNLV will look to the 6-foot-10, 225-pound Okonoboh to play a key role as a defender and rebounder.

 


Jordan Cornish | Photo by Josh Metz

Jordan Cornish | Photo by Josh Metz

Jordan Cornish

Position: Guard/forward

High school: Brother Martin (New Orleans)

Rivals.com ranking: N/A

A rugged 6-foot-6 bruiser, Cornish could emerge as an undersized power forward when coach Dave Rice opts for a small-ball lineup.

 


Patrick McCaw | Photo by Josh Metz

Patrick McCaw | Photo by Josh Metz

Patrick McCaw

Position: Guard

High school: Montrose Christian (Rockville, Maryland)

Rivals ranking: N/A

The long, lanky McCaw may need time to develop, so he figures to see the least amount of minutes among this group. But he possesses a rock-solid shooting stroke.

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