Mick Cronin didn't have to look very far for his latest commitment at Cincinnati. Harmony Prep guard Deonta Vaughn will continue to his basketball career in the Queen City. Vaughn committed to the new Bearcats coach on Wednesday night.
Vaughn, a 6-foot, big bodied guard, is a big get for the new UC staff, says Harmony Prep head coach Rodney Crawford.
"As a freshman, he should play right away," Crawford said. "He's got a body of a senior as a college freshman. Plus, he shoots it so well. He shot 40 percent from three for us this year.
"He's a skilled guard that is just deadly from three. He can play on or off the ball and finish in transition at the rim. I think he'll be successful there."
Vaughn averaged 17.4 points, 6.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds in his prep year at Harmony. The former Indiana commitment also considered Oakland and Southern Cal. Crawford said Cronin recruited Vaughn while he was the head coach at Murray State and that continued over when he took the Big East job.
"He always stayed in touch with us and that didn't stop when he got to Cincinnati," Crawford said. "He always like Deonta and once he got his things straight (at UC), he went right after (Vaughn)."