Decision Could Come Soon From Vaughn

Tar Heel fans are already familiar with Julian Vaughn, as he's been a frequent visitor at the Smith Center this season, including last Saturday's game against Clemson.

So Vaughn's interest in the Heels is apparent and over the last month the UNC staff has shown more interest as well. Roy Williams was in attendance three weeks ago and assistant coach Joe Holladay made the trip for Friday's game, according to Reston (Va.) South Lakes head coach Wendell Byrd.

At last check, the 6-10, 235-pound junior hadn't received a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels, but that may have changed over the weekend.

"I think they did [offer] the last time he was down," Byrd responded when asked about a possible scholarship offer.

If so, North Carolina would join a dozen or so schools that have already sent offers his way. Among the other schools involved with Vaughn are Wake Forest, Maryland, Duke, N.C. State, and Kansas.

"He's made a lot of unofficial visits to a lot of ACC schools," Byrd said. "The majority of them are very interested I guess. So it's going well."

And it appears Vaughn could make his choice in the next few months.

"He's just going to weigh it and see what happens," he continued. "At the end of the season he'll probably make a decision."

Vaughn is putting together a solid junior season as well, with several impressive performances in a row, including 26 points last Wednesday, 20 points on Friday and 19 points last night (with three three-pointers).

With averages of 19 points and 11 rebounds a game, Vaughn has led his South Lakes squad to a district record of 10-3 in one of the toughest divisions in Virginia.

"He's top five in the state in shot blocking and his defensive ability and rebounding is extremely strong," Byrd said of Vaughn's game. "Offensively he has great soft hands. He has some range but he also has some strong inside moves."

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