Three-point shooting threat Vertrail Vaughns is expected to leave the George Mason men's basketball program, according to a source close to the program. Heading to his redshirt senior year, Vaughns would be immediately eligible to play next season for another program.
Vaughns played in 36 of the Patriots 38 games during the 2012-13 season, averaging 5.0 points and 15 minutes per game. Both of those numbers are down from the 8.8 points in 25 minutes the 6-foot-2 guard averaged as a sophomore when he made 1.3 shots from beyond the arc per game. This season Vaughns made less than half that amount and shot 33.8 percent of his 3-pointers. As a redshirt freshman, the owner of truly high-arching perimeter shot sank a staggering 47.2 of his attempts from 3-point territory.
With 13 viable rotation options and no slots open for potential recruits, George Mason appeared likely to lose one or more off its current players this offseason.
Coach Paul Hewitt frequently used 10-12 players per game this past season, which included 22 wins and culminated with a run to the CBI Finals. Going with a deep rotation led to sporadic minutes for some, including Vaughns, who scored in double figures six times including a season-high 16 points against Delaware on February 9.
During the six-game run in the CBI Tournament, Vaughns played 17 minutes in the opener and scored nine points during 14 minutes in the finale, but received 16 minutes total in the other four games. He did not play in Game 2 of the three-game finals versus Santa Clara.
Leading scorer Sherrod Wright returns next season along with fellow starting guards Bryon Allen and Corey Edwards while bench-scoring threat Patrick Holloway enters his sophomore season.