Lone Bulldog Shines in SCL All-Star Game
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One of Centennial’s very own, RJ Vaughn, was lucky enough to represent our school in the 2017 SC-L All-Star Game against the Springs Metro League. Each team was stacked with the best of the best high school ballers from both cities. The game ended in a 141-136 upset for the Pueblo All-Stars. RJ put up a whopping 23 points. No shocker here considering the season this senior bulldog had just had.
RJ ended his 4th and final basketball season with the bulldogs this winter. Honored to the 1st-Team All-Conference, Rj added on to his list of accomplishments. Over his four years playing at Centennial, RJ had 1012 career points, racking up 559 points just this year. His name was widely known throughout Pueblo after RJ lead the Bulldogs to a win over the 4A Final Four qualifiers; the South Colts. “This was by far my favorite game of the season.” In that game, RJ dropped a whopping 38 buckets, following with nine assists, and seven rebounds. Coming up just short of a double-double, let alone a triple-double. According to a source that wants to remain private, South’s Head Coach; DJ Johnson, supposedly said that no individual alone has ever dropped that many points on his team.
His career all started in the third grade when he played basketball for the YMCA. “My parents weren’t really a major influence for me to play, I just knew I wanted to get buckets.” The senior says. RJ attended Freed Middle School where he decided to try out for basketball his 7th & 8th grade year, making varsity both times. Following middle school, he attended Centennial High School where he made varsity as only a freshman. Here he has achieved a 3.3 GPA, while being able to excel in his favorite subject; math, whom he has Ms. Jones to thank for that.
Even in the off season, Vaughn continues to get buckets. He plays for the SC-Elite club basketball team, a combination of Pueblo athletes. The club is sponsored by Adidas. Alongside the bulldog star player, Dee Stanley plays with RJ on his club team. RJ says he owes a lot to Stanley. “He has helped make me a better player.” Dee Stanley still remains the second favorite person that RJ loves playing with, for he himself remains number one.
RJ’s Favorite Quote: “Get Buckets”
Reasoning: “I just always get buckets. Then I happened to say it on the court one day… Now I just can’t stop getting buckets.”