Fred Hoiberg and his staff have been recruiting 2014 Findlay Prep five-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn since he was in the ninth grade. However, the best recruiter on the Iowa State campus might just come from another wing within the Sukup practice facility.
Iowa State freshman Seanna Johnson, a member of the women's basketball team, grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minn., and attended De La Salle High. Johnson got to know Vaughn, who, before transferring to Findlay Prep before his senior year, attended Robbinsdale Cooper in New Hope, Minn., a mere 11 miles away from Johnson and the Minneapolis suburbs. The two hit it off and have been friends for a long time.
"We've known each other since he was in fifth or sixth grade playing in various AAU tournaments around and got to know each other pretty well," Johnson told AllCyclones.com. "We talk a lot. I talked with him before the men's game on Sunday (Vaughn was on his official Iowa State visit), and then we spoke again after the game and we are on Twitter talking a lot."
Vaughn has built a strong relationship with the Iowa State coaching staff and, a potential one-and-doner, likes Hoiberg's ties to the NBA. With UNLV and Iowa State leading the pack for his services, it could be a familiar face from back home that convinces Vaughn to come to Ames.
"We text and he will ask me how school is going, and then bring up the topic of Iowa State before I get a chance to try and recruit him here," Johnson said.