2007 Intro: Julian Vaughn

Julian Vaughn has no bad feelings about Stu Vetter and Montrose Christian, now the South Lakes High (Va.) rising junior big man has been able to showcase his versatile game.

Julian Vaughn is a versatile player who has the ability to step outside and make shots for a player his size and that's one of the reasons he left Montrose Christian (Md.) after his freshman season.

Vaughn was able to showcase his inside-outside this past season at South Lake High (Va.) while putting up 15 points, 10 boards and 8 blocks per game – and then he got the opportunity to show it to college coaches in April at the Real Deal on the Hill.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Vaughn, playing on a loaded D.C. Assault squad that also features Michael Beasley, Nolan Smith and Austin Freeman, did a little bit of everything – ran the court, blocked and contested shots, scored from the perimeter and also in the paint.

It's a far cry from the kid who was sitting on the bench, receiving about eight minutes per game while backing up Tunji Soroye and Uche Echefu at Montrose just a little more than a year ago.

Vaughn, who holds no ill will towards Montrose coach Stu Vetter, just decided that he'd get a better chance to utilize his broad spectrum of abilities at South Lakes – which also happens to be the same high school that produced Grant Hill.

Vaughn, who turns 17 in December, said he still doesn't feel 100 percent healthy; he's been plagued by growing pains in his knees and back for the last few years.

``I'm just finally getting healthy," Vaughn said. "It's not an injury; it's just that I'm growing."

In fact, Vaughn said that doctors project he'll still grow another three inches or so.

``My growth has been really gradual," Vaughn said. "I haven't had a jump."

Another thing Vaughn hasn't done yet is shaved, so that bodes well for him shooting up another couple of inches before it's all said and done.

Despite playing with pain in his knees and bad, Vaughn has excelled and while Maryland was basically the only school in the mix prior to April, he now has a trio of impressive offers: Maryland, N.C. State and Miami.

Vaughn actually made the 4 ½-hour drive from Virginia to Raleigh this past weekend with his parents to take an unofficial visit to N.C. State.

``I loved it," he said. "The facilities were real nice, the whole staff was there and they took me everywhere – where to eat, the arena, on the floor, to the gym and the weight room. I was really impressed with the arena. It was like an NBA arena."

Vaughn also said that Georgetown, Georgia, Duke and Michigan are also in the mix, although he admitted that his co-leaders are Maryland and N.C. State.

``The coach is probably the most important factor for me, but I also want to play in a system that can make me better," Vaughn said. "I don't want to commit too early. Look at Roy Williams. No one thought he'd leave Kansas. I want to commit somewhere around this time next year."

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