Vaughn's DC Assault team had just put away the Atlanta Celtics, a game in which Vaughn struggled in the first half, but found his game in the final, critical period. Vaughn picked up two quick fouls in the opening minutes then spent most of the first half riding the pine. The Celtic defender was playing Vaughn extremely tight inside. When he finally got back into the game with five minutes remaining in the half, he was whistled for the third foul almost immediately. As a result the game was virtually deadlocked for the half.
"The foul problems really threw me off," Vaughn said. "Their big guy was covering me and he is big and strong and wide, tough to guard. But I figured it out in the second half."
And figure it out he did. In the opening moments of the second half Vaughn made his defender pay. Since the defender had been playing so tight, Vaughn stepped out and hit an uncontested open three pointer. On the next possession, the defender almost dared him to do it again and Vaughn obliged. Swish. Nothing but net.
"Hey I can hit the three pointer," Vaughn said. "If he is going to give it to me, I am going to take it." From the moment the second three went through the basket, the Celtics coach was yelling for the defender to pull out and defend Vaughn on the perimeter. The bigger, slower defender was no match for Vaughn's quickness. This was the turning point in the game and DC Assault team cruised to a comfortable victory.
Vaughn, who hails from Vienna, Virginia, finished with 15 points (all in the second half), 11 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Teammate Michael Beasley finished with 22 points.
Vaughn said he was flattered but a little surprised that Kentucky called, "I would have liked it if they hand not come in so late, but when a school like Kentucky calls, you answer the call."
The Wildcats are one of only two teams that Vaughn has plans to visit. The other is Florida State. "I really want to visit Lexington and see what is going on. I understand they need big men so potential playing time is a factor there. I think I could help the team."
Indeed, Vaughn would be an excellent addition to the Wildcats. He is big, strong and lean. He is very active around the basket runs the break well and finishes with authority.
"I think I have come a long way in the last year," Vaughn said, "having a school like Kentucky to notice is evidence of that."
Vaughn is also an excellent student, with around a 3.7 GPA. Vaughn may not waste much time in the recruitment, so Kentucky needs to get that visit scheduled soon. Julian indicates that with the right fit, he could commit somewhere as early as August.