DENTON, Texas – North Texas head basketball coach Tony Benford has announced the signing of former George Mason veteran guard Vertrail Vaughns.
Vaughns ended his career at George Mason as one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in program history. He connected on 38.5 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc (99-of-257) and sank 99 shots from deep. Those figures rank eighth and 13th in school history, respectively.
The Mesquite, Texas, native has 623 career points (5.8 per game) to his credit, and started all 33 games for the Patriots in 2011-12 while pouring in 8.8 points per game.
“We are very fortunate to have Vertrail joining the Mean Green family,” Benford said. “He will bring a great deal of leadership and character to our locker room, and has proven himself one of the country’s best shooters over the last three years. He can score off the dribble or from the perimeter, and brings another local great local player back to the area. We couldn’t be more excited to have Vertrail on board.”
Vaughns will graduate from George Mason this spring with a bachelor’s degree in integrated studies, and will be eligible to play one season for the Mean Green this fall. Vaughns played in 107 games for the Patriots over the last three years, and is a two-time Dean’s List honoree and twice earned the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Award.
In 2012-13, Vaughns appeared in all but two contests, scoring 5.8 points per game while adding 38 rebounds, 19 steals and 13 assists.
Vaughns was rated by ESPN.com as the 58th best shooting guard in the country coming out of Mesquite High School, and TexasHoops.com named him the 25th best player in the state overall.
North Texas Basketball 2013-14 Recruiting Class
Vertrail Vaughns – 6-2, 184, Sr., G, Mesquite, Texas (George Mason)
Colin Voss – 6-7, 240, Jr., F, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Northern Oklahoma)
Armani Flannigan – 6-8, 200, Jr., F, Rockford, Ill. (Central Wyoming State)
Tony Nunn – 6-9, F/C, Salisbury, N.C. (Oldsmar Christian)
Josh Friar – 6-8, F, Houston, Texas (Kingwood HS)
Greg Wesley – 6-7, F, Arlington, Texas (Seguin HS)