Instead of "how" it took so long for Vaughn to blow up maybe we should ask "why?" How in the world could a 6-foot-9 power forward from Reston (Va.) South Lakes fly under the radar? Why didn't we hear more about him?
Really, it's tough to hide a player with Vaughn's size (230 pounds) and stroke (legit face up skills). However, it wasn't until he began running with D.C. Assault did he begin to gain national notoriety, even after averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds in basically a suburb of a major metropolitan area.
"He's got the whole package," one major college assistant said. "Not only is he 6-foot-9, but he's got grades. He's a great kid and people would love to have him around. He was on stage all summer, everyone saw him."
Apparently so because Vaughn has more offers than just about anyone in his class. Miami, Maryland, North Carolina State, Clemson, Boston College, Ohio State, Georgetown, Wake Forest (visited last week), UCLA, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Georgia offered him.
Folks, a lot of kids "claim" offers from these programs and some will get them but Vaughn has them already. "I talk to the head coaches and they say ‘you have an offer'," Vaughn said. "I like to ask them if I have an offer just to make sure."
Of course, even with an offer list as long as Vaughn's, there's always room for more. "I like UNC and Duke a lot," Vaughn said.
UNC, Tennessee, Georgia, NC State, Maryland and Georgetown have contacted him about unofficial visits and Vaughn, using a pretty sound poker face, isn't about to tip his hand; at least not yet.
"It's probably even. Most schools text you, some call you and there's a lot of mail. There's no real hard level one (that stands out)."