Vaughn Eying UNC, ACC

Julian Vaughn says he doesn't mind all the attention. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound South Lakes (Va.) junior big man, who begins his season on Friday against Oakton High, remembers back to six months ago when the correspondence was few and far between.

It makes the constant flow of text messages or the abundance of phone calls from college coaches and internet writers seem like more of a privilege than a burden.

"It's kind of fun," Vaughn said. "I know a lot of kids would love to trade places with me. Whenever I think it's overwhelming, I think back to a year ago when the phone didn't ring."

Vaughn's list is still lengthy, but he admits that some ACC schools are at or near the top: North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Maryland and Virginia Tech are all in the mix.

Vaughn has been to Chapel Hill for a football game (which include the championship ring ceremony), he went to a Maryland scrimmage and attended the Duke Blue-White game. He also said he has plans to return to Duke and several others for a regular-season conference game sometime this season, but he won't trim his school list down to 10 until he watches more games.

"I don't want to do it based on what I hear," Vaughn said. "I'd rather do it after watching the teams play, see their styles and the coaches and the players."

"I want to make a decision by the start of AAU ball," he added. "I'm going to try and chop it down to 10 or so in January or February, then get it to seven or five or then choose."

"Right now everyone is pretty much in the same boat," Vaughn continued. "I just need to see what the best situation is for me."

However, Carolina is definitely one of the schools that has stood out to Vaughn thus far.

"I like the style of play," Vaughn said. "When I was a freshman at Montrose Christian, we did everything that Carolina does - so I think going in there would be easier for me."

"I liked their campus a lot," he added. "The atmosphere drew me in and so did the fans. I clicked with the players, too."

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