Rebels basketball:

Findlay Prep’s Rashad Vaughn sets up official visit to UNLV

Also, the Rebels are about to learn the decision of Goodluck Okonoboh, who will announce Thursday on ESPNU

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UNLV head basketball coach Dave Rice watches players during the 2013 Adidas Super 64 summer tournament at Rancho High School Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Findlay Prep guard Rashad Vaughn will take an official visit to UNLV on Nov. 25-26, according to his mentor Pete Kaffey.

Vaughn is a five-star shooting guard in the class of 2014. The Minnesota native will play his senior season for a loaded Pilots team that also brought on Kaffey as an assistant coach this year.

The Rebels play at home against Illinois on Tuesday, Nov. 26. There was some speculation that Vaughn would make an unofficial visit to UNLV, but his parents, who met Rebels coach Dave Rice and Todd Simon during an in-home visit, would get a free trip to Las Vegas if he made it official.

“It’s his decision, but I know his parents have a big influence on his decision,” Kaffey said.

The added bonus is Vaughn and his parents will get to spend time together near Thanksgiving, which is on Thursday, Nov. 28.

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Goodluck Okonoboh of Mass Rivals boxes out for a rebound during the Adidas Super 64 basketball tournament at Rancho High School, Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Vaughn also has scheduled official visits to Baylor and Iowa State. He hasn’t rescheduled a visit to North Carolina, but that’s expected to happen at some point. His fifth official visit — the maximum allowed by the NCAA — will likely be to Kansas, although Minnesota and Arizona also are in the mix.

This news comes during an important week for another class of 2014 UNLV target. Forward Goodluck Okonoboh, who visited Ohio State on Sept. 27-29 and UNLV Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, will announce his decision Thursday on ESPNU. His announcement will air at halftime of the Western Kentucky vs. Louisiana-Monroe football game.

Okonoboh is deciding between the Buckeyes, Rebels and Indiana, though the latter two are considered the favorites.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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