Vaughn Practicing Patience

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Rashad Vaughn knew he'd be a marked man. He knew that national scouts wanted to see him in a primetime game, and his first outing on Nike's EYBL circuit for Playground Elite put him face to face against top-five guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

He answered the call emphatically, rallying a group of relatively unknown teammates to a late comeback victory versus Texas Pro. His scoring ability makes him one of the most fearsome guards in the Class of 2014.

So fearsome, in fact, that he has reeled in offers and interest from legions of high-major college programs. His list includes North Carolina and …

"I don't have really have a list right now," Vaughn said. "If I did have a favorite, North Carolina would have to be up there."

Affection between the Tar Heels and Vaughn has been well established. Carolina hosted Vaughn for the Duke home game in February, and Roy Williams later traveled to Minnesota to meet with his parents. Some wondered whether UNC could close the show, but Vaughn wasn't quite ready to commit.

"My parents and I talked about it (committing)," Vaughn said, "but they wanted me to take my time and not rush anything."

Carolina didn't get the pledge, but they do hold Vaughn's rapt attention.

"I watch them play a lot," he said, "and they get up and down just how I like to play. I have a really good relationship with coach Roy Williams and they've just been strong."

But given that Vaughn isn't ready to commit, and given that UNC continues to recruit — and offer — other wings, where does that put Vaughn and Carolina going forward?

"They haven't been putting pressure on me," he said, "but they did say that it's first come, first served for the other (wing scholarship). If someone commits before me I'll be happy for that person, but I'm just wide open and don't want to rush."

Vaughn doesn't have immediate plans to make visits or engage in the recruiting process while he's participating on the EYBL circuit. At this point he continues to eyeball a fall decision, but he's also allowing himself the flexibility to alter the timeline if circumstances prove compelling.

"I still think I'll decide in the fall, but I could commit earlier if it feels right."

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