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#KU50: 15 Jacque Vaughn

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Jacque Vaugn Kansas

The 1996 Big 8 Player of the Year, Vaughn immediately made his mark in Lawrence, winning MVP of the Preseason NIT in his freshman year.

Vaughn scored 1,207 points in his career at Kansas, but is rightfully thought of as a passer first. The record holder for most assists in a McDonald’s All-American game, Vaughn finished his KU career as the school’s all time assists leader. He has been surpassed by Aaron Miles, but is still one of just two players in KU history with 1,000 points and 800 assists in his career. He also has the most assists in Big 8 history.

Vaughn was a capable defender as well, finishing in the top 10 in the Big 8 in steals in 1996. He also finished his career 8th in Big 8 history in defensive win shares.

Despite standing just 6-1, Vaughn shot nearly 50 percent on twos, and shot 38 percent on threes (though he only attempted 274 for his entire career). One could certainly envision him being a high scoring guard on a team with a different roster makeup than having guys like Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz, and it is maybe fair to say he was able to rack up some of his assists only due to playing with those guys, but it’s also fair to say that Vaughn helped those two pile up the points like they did.

Unfortunately, Vaughn’s legacy is tainted a bit by ending his career on the 1997 team that went 34-2, with the second loss coming in the Sweet 16. Despite losing just 21 games in 4 years, Vaughn never played in a Final Four. Still, he was the premier point guard in America in his time in Lawrence, was one of the best passers in school history, and his scoring and defense help him climb to 15 in the rankings.