Vaughn Ready To Return

Reston, Virginia power forward Julian Vaughn has spent his past few weeks recovering from an ankle injury. He is close to a return, but sat out this past weekend's Charlie Weber Spring Fling AAU event – where he spoke with

"I'm doing better," Julian Vaughn said of his health. "I'm trying to get back into shape and then trying to jump better. I should be back in two weeks for that AAU tournament. I don't want to rush into anything."

Vaughn, who expects to return in two weekends, was going up for a layup when someone jumped on his back, causing Vaughn to come down wrong on his ankle. "Everything was going well before that," he noted.

The 6'9 ½, 240-pound 5-star forward believes that his D.C. Assault team will be better this year than a season ago. According to Vaughn, he can help make the team even better if he continues to work on the three aspects of his game that he has focused on. "I'm continuing to work on my overall strength, jump shooting, and footwork."

Meanwhile, though Vaughn is keeping recruiting on the side burner, he still maintains interest in Wake Forest – although it is widely believed that Wake is on the outside looking in for Vaughn's services. "I still like Wake Forest a lot," said Vaughn, who has visited the Winston-Salem campus several times. "I talk to the coaches some but I'm not really focusing on recruiting. Wake's definitely still in the mix."

"They had a down year but they're going to pick it up next year," he continued. "They should be good. They've got a good class coming in with a good point guard. They play fast too and I like the school there."

Although Wake is considered a longshot for Vaughn at this point, the Deacs remain in the mix with a host of other schools. Along with the Deacs, Vaughn also listed a host of other schools including UNC, Virginia, Duke, Ohio State, and Georgetown.

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