UNLV’S VAUGHN, WYOMING’S NANCE SELECTED IN 2015 NBA DRAFT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two Mountain West men’s basketball players were selected in the 2015 NBA Draft, held Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., as UNLV’s Rashad Vaughn and Wyoming’s Larry Nance, Jr., heard their named called Thursday evening. It marked the first time since 2013 that two MW student-athletes were selected in the first round (Anthony Bennett of UNLV at No. 1 by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Tony Snell of New Mexico at No. 20 to the Chicago Bulls).

Vaughn, a native of Minneapolis, Minn., was selected with the 17th pick of the first round by the Milwaukee Bucks. He is the third UNLV player drafted since the MW's inception in 1999. Nance was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 27th pick in the first round.

In his lone collegiate season, Vaughn was named MW Freshman of the Year and All-Mountain West honorable mention after averaging 17.8 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per contest. The 6-foot-6 guard started all 23 games for the Rebels before being sidelined for the remainder of the year with a knee injury. His 17.8 points per game ranked third in the country among freshmen at the time of his injury. Vaughn is the 15th Rebel to be drafted in the first round since 1975 and second UNLV freshman to be selected.

Just 10 picks later, Nance became the first Cowboy drafted into the NBA since Theo Ratliff in 1995. Nance, whose father was a three-time NBA all-star with the Phoenix Suns and the Cleveland Cavaliers, averaged 11.3 points per game and pulled down 6.6 rebounds per contest in 123 career games. In a breakout senior season, Nance poured in 16.1 points per game while leading the Cowboys to their first-ever Mountain West tournament title and first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. The native of Akron, Ohio, was named All-MW first team, All-Defensive Team and MW Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2014-15.

Vaughn and Nance became the 20th and 21st players, respectively, to be drafted from the Mountain West.

Thursday marks the fourth consecutive year, and the seventh time overall, the Mountain West has had multiple players selected in the NBA Draft. It is the first time since 2013 that the Conference has had multiple selections in the first round.