A year ago at this time, Julian Vaughn had come out of nowhere to make a national name for himself as an unheralded big man playing alongside guys like Michael Beasley, Nolan Smith and Austin Freeman with D.C. Assault.
Vaughn, the well-spoken 6-foot-9 junior out of South Lakes High (Va.), finally made his season debut with D.C. Assault last week after sitting out all of April with a foot injury.
Vaughn played in Atlanta last weekend and is scheduled to go to North Carolina this weekend for the Tournament of Champions.
``My foot feels fine," Vaughn said. "My wind is still getting there and I'm just trying to get back to where I was. My first game I played, my legs were like Jell-O. I couldn't even dunk the ball."
Vaughn was – and still remains – one of the most sought-after big men in the Class of 2007.
Vaughn started off slow in Atlanta, but once he got going, it started to come back to him and he finished with 25 points in one game on Saturday night.
``The first two or three games, I wasn't playing like I wanted to," Vaughn admitted. "But I'll get it back."
Vaughn said that there's a chance he could take an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill this weekend while he's down in North Carolina. The Tar Heels still remain near the top of his list – along with Ohio State, Virginia, Florida State, Georgetown, Wake Forest and Illinois. Those are the schools that appear to have separated themselves at this point in time, but Vaughn said it's still early and he hasn't really had a chance to break down all of the schools.
After this weekend, Vaughn said he'll go to the Nike Skills Academy and then to the USA tryouts. If he doesn't make the USA team, he'll likely go to the NBA Players Association Camp. Vaughn said he will pick between the Nike and adidas camps, but is leaning towards attending Nike.
``I'm just looking forward to the rest of the summer," Vaughn said. "It was tough sitting out all of April."