Name: Kia Vaughn
Height: 6'4"
Position: Center
Class: Senior
School: Rutgers



Vaughn is very intense on the court, which may have led to some inconsistency throughout her four-year career at Rutgers. A traditional center with the ability to block shots and change games defensively, Vaughn is an intimidating presence on the low block but must improve her rebounding numbers. The 6-4 center is a 55% career field-goal shooter and has a developing offensive game. Vaughn has competed for Team USA at the national levels. Seldom fully utilized in the Rutgers scheme, Vaughn is a bit of a project but has plenty of upside.



"Vaughn is a big body that plays in a defensive-minded system at Rutgers."



Graham Hays, Women's Basketball Contributor for ESPN

When she's on her game, Vaughn is an exceptional post defender, able to control position even if she frequently gives away an inch or two to opposing pivots. Despite flashes of a soft touch, her offensive game remains less of a proven commodity and Rutgers' struggles with a young roster this season may represent a missed opportunity to make leadership an asset.

Manish Mehta of the Newark Star-Ledger

1. Kia seems to be somewhat of an enigma; lots of talent but at times some wavering production. What do you feel are some of the bigger reasons for some of her inconsistencies?

Vaughn has all the physical tools to succeed as a pro, but she sometimes loses confidence when she gets off to slow starts in games. She appears too anxious at times to atone for earlier mistakes. For all her talent, Vaughn doesn't appear to have a good feel for her role from game to game. In matchups against inferior post players, she often defers to teammates rather than demand the ball in the paint.

2. Kia obviously has the size to be a defensive force in the paint. What area does she need to work on most to assist as she transitions from the Big East to the WNBA?

Vaughn sometimes plays too fast, which leads to an inordinate amount of turnovers. Her turnovers have increased each year of her college career. She'll need to improve on passing out of double teams, getting better position on block outs and finishing around the basket if she's going to be a WNBA contributor. Vaughn needs to be more consistent with her face-up game as well.

3. What has impressed you most about Kia in her four years at Rutgers?

Despite her recent struggles, Vaughn is extremely coachable. Great attitude and desire to learn. Her physical attributes can't be taught.

4. In what area can Kia help a WNBA team out the most in come April's draft?

Like all players from Rutgers, Vaughn has a relentless defensive mindset. She'll be a nice defensive presence and shot blocker from the moment she steps into the league.

5. How does Kia compare to some of the other top collegiate senior center prospects, including the Paris sisters, Devanei Hampton and Chante Black?

No post player in the country is more athletic than Vaughn. She has great footwork and, frankly, is better conditioned than any center/power forward in the country.





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