Vaughn: 'It Was Real Cool'

Mixed in with a group of seniors that included four of the top 10 players in the nation, Julian Vaughn was far from out of place.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound South Lakes High (Va.) junior big man was a virtual unknown entering the spring. However, he left July as one of the most highly regarded players in the Class of 2007.

Vaughn, along with seniors Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and Alex Stepheson – and future Tar Heels Wayne Ellington, Tywon Lawson and William Graves – took a trip to Chapel Hill this past weekend.

"I got a chance, along with my parents, to meet with Coach (Roy) Williams," Vaughn said. "I'd talked to him on the phone before, but never in person. It was real cool, humbling."

Vaughn and his parents took the drive Saturday morning and got to campus around 11 a.m. He got a chance to hang out with the recruits, watched the current team play and then sat out as Young, Lawson and Ellington played pickup.

"Me and Spencer didn't play," Vaughn said. "My leg is bothering me."

Then Vaughn joined the other guys and watched the football game. He was particularly interested as the players from last year's team received their national championship rings in a halftime ceremony.

Vaughn and his parents stayed the night and then left to return early to Virginia.

While he was impressed with the visit, Vaughn said he didn't leave with North Carolina as his clear-cut leader – or with a scholarship offer.

"I don't really have a clear-cut leader, but North Carolina is definitely one of the schools I'm going to be looking at," he said

"They didn't offer me a scholarship," he added. "It's a work in progress. They want to see me play a little more. Coach Williams and assistant coach (Steve) Robinson will come and see me play at South Lakes."

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