Ole Miss basketball has landed a big-time commitment from Rider graduate transfer Dimencio Vaughn. Kermit Davis has put a lot of work into targeting players who have entered the transfer portal this offseason, and Vaughn was high on the priority list.
Coming off of his redshirt junior season as a Bronco, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound redshirt senior will come to Oxford with one year of immediate eligibility remaining. The Harlem native averaged 14 points per game in 28.3 minutes over the last three seasons and shot 47 percent from the field.
As one scout put it, “he’s a strong, athletic wing who is a motherfucker.”
Vaughn packed his things and moved over 1,200 to Jackson, Miss. prior to his last year of high school and led Callaway to its fourth consecutive MSHAA State Championship in 2015. He was a beast.
Perhaps with a sense of deja vu, he returns to the Magnolia state five years later as a senior on the collegiate level. Vaughn, who is listed primarily as a shooting guard, could provide a strong boost in a role position alongside Jarkel Joiner and freshman Matt Murrell, or play as a small forward in the three-spot on a fairly undersized Rebel lineup. He knocked down 39.3 percent of his three-point attempts last season and can finish at the rim.
In addition to his offensive flair, he averaged six rebounds a game from 2017 to 2020, an area in which the Rebels lacked in Davis’ disappointing second season. While the MAAC is certainly a different level of play than the SEC, Vaughn has played a lot of quality basketball on a high level and brings a welcomed physicality to Ole Miss.