ASTON, Penn. — Jalen Vaughns has been shining both on the court and in the classroom for the Neumann University Knights.
Vaughns, a sophomore, was recently named to the Atlantic East Conference honor roll as a result of getting the job done with his studies. When it comes to results, the hustle does not stop when this star forward hits the court. He appears to be hitting the books with an equal amount of enthusiasm. His ability to balance both a strong athletic season and a strong academic performance should be celebrated. It is certainly not easy to maintain such a strong balance at a young age.
Up to this point, Vaughns has been averaging nearly 20 points per game as well as eight rebounds. He leads his team in both of these categories. The impact Vaughns has on the court has been invaluable. Despite this being his first season in NCAA competition, his play has represented someone who has been around the league before.
After missing only 19 shots all season, Vaughns has made sure to be a presence on both sides of the floor with six blocks in his five games played. His defensive domination on the court has helped contribute to early victories in the season for the Knights.
He appears to be a growing superstar in Neumann University’s program, who have won three out of their five first games. In all of those games, Vaughns has been atop all of his teammates in scoring.
Standing at 6-foot-7, Vaughns has the ability to dominate inside the paint that has directly correlated to his high scoring totals. He rarely shoots from beyond the three-point line, but that does not stop him from leading the Knights to victory.
Vaughns racked up 18 points this past Wednesday against No. 8 Swarthmore, who had a late second half comeback to defeat the Knights for their second loss on the season.
The Knights have an early lead in their conference. Playing in the seven team Atlantic East Conference, Neumann has won their only league matchup. They bested Gwynedd Mercy at home 83-77 back on Nov. 6. Vaughns took home 12 points and seven rebounds in that affair.
Neumann University had their first home men’s basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 23. They defeated Bryn Athyn College 94-71, snapping a two-game losing streak. Look for them to continue to dominate their opponents this season.
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