|No. 1 – Phoenix Mercury|
|Born||January 24, 1987|
Bronx, New York
|Nationality||American / Czech|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||St. Michael Academy|
(New York City, New York)
|WNBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the New York Liberty|
|2009–2012||New York Liberty|
|2011–2012||Taranto Cras Basket|
|2017–2018||New York Liberty|
|2019–2020||Elazığ İl Özel İdarespor|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Kia Vaughn (born January 24, 1987) is an American-Czech born professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She attended high school at St. Michael's All Girls High School in New York, and later went on to star at Rutgers University.
Born in the Bronx, New York, Vaughn played for St. Michael Academy in New York City, where she was named a WBCA All-American. Her father Linzell "Predator" Vaughn is a noted street ball player at Rucker Park. She participated in the 2005 WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored two points.
Vaughn attended Rutgers University from 2006–2009, playing under legendary coach C. Vivian Stringer. She helped Rutgers to a perfect 16–0 record in the Big East conference her freshman year, averaging 6.3 points per game and 7 rebounds a game. During her sophomore season, she was named the All-Met Division I Women's College Basketball Player of the Year. She averaged 12.8 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game, and 2.5 blocks per game. That year, she helped lead the Rutgers women's basketball team to a Big East Conference championship. The Lady Scarlet Knights lost to the Tennessee Lady Vols in the NCAA championship game.
Vaughn continued to excel in her junior season, garnering Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association All-Met First Team honors along with being named to the All Big-East second team. She averaged 10 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game on the season. Her senior campaign was solid, but a little underwhelming as she averaged only 9.7 points per game 6.7 rebounds per game. Nevertheless, she was named All-Big East Honorable Mention at the season's conclusion.
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Vaughn was drafted 8th overall in the 2009 WNBA Draft by her home state team, the New York Liberty. In her first two seasons with the Liberty, she was a reserve on the team's roster. In her third season with the Liberty, she was the starting center for the team and averaged career-highs in scoring and rebounding. For these efforts, she would win the 2011 WNBA Most Improved Player Award. In her fourth season with the Liberty, Vaughn became a role player on the roster, playing 31 games with 17 starts. Upon the 2013 season, Vaughn was a restricted free agent and was traded to the Washington Mystics along with a 2013 first round pick in exchange for the seventh overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.
In her first season with the Mystics, she was a role player on the roster and then would be upgraded in the Mystics' starting lineup the following year at the five spot. In 2015, Vaughn would have an injury-riddled season, she missed the first half of the season due to a concussion, she made her return in the beginning of August and played 20 games. In the 2016 season, Vaughn would be fully healthy, playing all 34 games with 4 starts. In January 2017, the New York Liberty re-acquired Vaughan in a three-team trade deal that sent teammate Bria Hartley also to the Liberty, Carolyn Swords along with the 15th overall pick in the 2017 WNBA draft to the Seattle Storm and the Mystics receiving two 2017 first round draft picks from the Storm.
In February 2018, Vaughn re-signed with the Liberty.
Vaughn did not play in the 2019 WNBA season, choosing to focus on her season in Turkey.
Vaughn signed with the Phoenix Mercury for the 2020 season.
From 2012 to 2015, Vaughn played three off-seasons in Czech Republic for ZVVZ USK Praha. In August 2016, Vaughn re-signed with ZVVZ USK Praha for the 2016-17 WNBA off-season In September 2017, Vaughed signed with Fenerbahçe Istanbul of the Turkish League for the 2017-18 off-season.
On August 14, 2007, Kia Vaughn, one of the women involved in the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team controversy, filed suit against Don Imus, NBC Universal, CBS Corporation, MSNBC, CBS Radio, Viacom, Westwood One radio, and Bernard McGuirk, citing slander, libel, and defamation of character. Vaughn was the only player to pursue legal damages brought on by the controversy. Vaughn dropped the lawsuit against Imus on September 11, 2007, citing her desire to "concentrate on her studies and basketball training."
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kia Vaughn.|
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- "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
- "Prospect: Kia Vaughn". WNBA. Archived from the original on July 14, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
- "Prospect: Rutgers Women's Basketball History". Rutgers University. Archived from the original on March 30, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
- Mehta, Manish (March 5, 2009). "Rutgers guard Epiphanny Prince earns first-team All-Big East honors for second straight season". www.nj.com. Archived from the original on March 7, 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
- "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
- Washington Mystics acquire Kia Vaughn and the 17th pick of the 2013 Draft from the New York Liberty in exchange for the 7th pick in the 2013 Draft
- After missing 14 games, Kia Vaughn is back dominating
- Vaughn And Hartley to New York, Swords to Seattle in Three-Team Trade
- Bria Hartley, Kia Vaughn re-sign with Liberty
- "Kia Vaughn WNBA Stats & News". www.rotowire.com. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
- "Kia Vaughn Chooses Phoenix in Free Agency". WNBA.com. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
- Gamecenter Player Profile
- "2016-2017 WNBA Overseas Signings". Archived from the original on September 30, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- Kia Vaughn agreed terms with Fenerbahce
- "ABC News:Rutgers' Player sues Imus, NBC, CBS". ABC News. August 2007. Retrieved August 14, 2007.
- "Rutgers' Vaughn withdraws lawsuit against Imus, CBS". USA Today. Associated Press. September 12, 2007. Retrieved September 12, 2007.
- Josh Grossberg (September 12, 2007). "Rutgers Player Drops Imus Suit". E! Online. Archived from the original on December 17, 2007. Retrieved September 14, 2007.
- Take 40: Gary Ervin Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine