Vaughan to Miss 2005-06 Season

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Sophomore guard John Vaughan will redshirt in 2005-06 after tearing his ACL.
Sophomore guard John Vaughan will redshirt in 2005-06 after tearing his ACL.

Sept. 12, 2005

The George Mason men's basketball team received some bad news over the weekend when it was learned that sophomore guard John Vaughan (Lanham, Md./Laurel H.S.) would miss the entire 2005-06 season with a torn ACL. Vaughan, who will take a medical redshirt and still have three years of eligibility remaining, appeared in every game as a freshman and was one of three Patriots named to the Colonial Athletic Association's All-Rookie Team.

"It's always difficult to lose a player to injury, but it's a fact of life that we'll have to live with," said George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga. "John contributed a lot as a freshman and with the improvements he made in the offseason, he could have been a difference-maker for us on the court. We expected big things from John and we still do. We'll just have to wait another year to see them."

Vaughan started 15 games for the Patriots in 2004-05, averaging 7.5 points per game and 3.3 rebounds. He played 23.4 minutes per game and shot .324 from 3-point range. He scored a career-high 21 points at William & Mary and twice grabbed nine rebounds in a game, once at UNC Wilmington and once at St. Bonaventure.

"We return a lot of depth and experience in the backcourt," Larranaga said. "Losing John hurts, but with the quality and quantity of players we have at the guard position, I'm still very optimistic and excited about the season."

Vaughan came to Mason from Laurel High School where he averaged 23.2 points per game as a senior. He once scored 46 points in a game and he was his team's Most Valuable Player three times. He had an immediate impact at Mason, scoring 11 points and grabbing four rebounds in his first collegiate game against IPFW.



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