Will Deonta Vaughn Continue to Struggle?

On Saturday afternoon against the Lipscomb Bison Deonta Vaughn's struggles continued as the former All-Big East performer went 2 for 9 from the field and just 1 of 8 from 3 point range, finishing with just five points. Vaughn did add five rebounds, seven assists, but also had four turnovers in 28 minutes of action.

The senior guard is the eleventh all-time leading scorer in Bearcat history just eleven points behind Darnell Burton for tenth, twelve points behind Lloyd Batts for ninth, and 25 points behind Jack Tyman for eighth on the all-time Cincinnati scoring list.

Vaughn, a senior out of Indianapolis, Indiana who averaged 15.7 points per game in his first three seasons and was named All Big-East twice is down to just 9.7 points per game as a senior for Cincinnati.

The first three seasons of his Cincinnati career Deonta Vaughn shot 40 percent from the field and 34.4 from behind the three point line. In this frustrating season Vaughn has just shot 34 percent from the field and just 25.8 percent from the three point line for the Bearcats.

Asked how tough it was to struggle Vaughn said,

"It's tough, but I know there going to start falling, early in the year in practice I just went threw the motions and not looking to score as much... and it carries over to the games, but the last couple of practices.. I've been more aggressive in practice... Hopefully next game my drought will be over."

Mick Cronin made some adjustments to the lineup to help get Vaughn started; Vaughn was moved back to his more natural point guard position. "I like to play both positions, but after the lose of the UAB game I told Coach Cronin... I would rather run the point even though were winning" said Vaughn about his preferred choice of position.

In Cincinnati's last four games, Vaughn has averaged just 6.3 points per game and shot just 25.6 percent (10-39) from the field and 13 percent from three point range (3-23), something that must improve as the Bearcats head into there final game prior to Big East play beginning.

Mick's take about Deonta's struggles "No doubt in my mind he's got senioritis, I took him out for passing up a shot and he came back in and made the next one. He wants to be part of the team.... He has still got to be an All Big-East player if we're going to compete for the Big East Championship.... I'm going to continue to talk to him about it, we had a little talking during the game about it. I appreciate you trying to be unselfish, but great players have no conscience... You can not know you've missed five in a row and you should know you're due to make the next one."

All the right things are coming out of the Bearcats and it doesn't seem Mick Cronin's confidence is wavering at all in the senior guard, so Tuesday night against Winthrop it will definitely be something to keep an eye on.


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