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Rashad Vaughn Goes to Bucks at No. 17

With the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks have taken freshman shooting guard Rashad Vaughn. Vaughn was one of the biggest risers during team workouts thanks to his shooting ability, youth and size at 6-5, and he’ll provide the Bucks with outside shooting that they dearly need.

Vaughn was second among all freshmen in the nation in scoring at 17.8 points per game before tearing a meniscus in his left knee. He showed potential off-the-bounce as a secondary avenue to score, but must continue improving his handle. Vaughn shot very well from three at 38.3 percent despite shot selection that was less than ideal.

Vaughn has a lot of what you look for in a starting NBA shooting guard, but must round out his game on both ends as he grows in the NBA. His defense needs work as well as his left hand, two things that’ll come in time. He lacks the quickness to consistently beat opponents off the dribble, so he must become consistent from long range to help his ability to blow by off shot fakes.

Overall, Vaughn is a prospect with a lot of potential to grow into an NBA player. He could play a role as a bench scorer immediately, and with some growth could start down the line. He’s a bit raw and is coming off knee surgery, but he’s a good value at this point in the draft.

NBA comparison: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (less athletic)

2014-15 stats: 17.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 spg (43.9 FG%, 38.3 3P%, 69.4 FT%)

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