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Five-star junior enjoys UNC visit

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Over the weekend, five-star junior Rashad Vaughn took an unofficial visit to North Carolina.
The visit was a good one, but for now the 6-foot-5 shooting guard at New Hope (Minn.) Robbinsdale Cooper has Tuesday night's sectional semifinal against Park Center High School at the top of his mind.
"We've got a tough one tomorrow," Cooper assistant Pete Kaffey told Rivals.com. "He can't afford to play here and there. But lately he's been playing two really good halves each time out.
"Sometimes it's so easy for him to do things that he sits back and tries to get others involved when he could be taking over. He'll be locked in tomorrow."
As for Vaughn's visit to Chapel Hill, Kaffey joined him and relayed some high points of the visit.
"The visit was great, and I thought Rashad liked it," Kaffey said. "He had a blast. Right when he got off the plane, he and I went and met with Coach Williams for a bit.
"The next day, we went on a tour of the museum and talked to some people at the school. Then he visited with Coach Williams for about a half an hour, and he told Rashad that the wants him really bad."
Between Saturday's trip to the museum and meeting with Roy Williams, Vaughn got some shots up and then he had a chance to go to Saturday night's game against Duke. It was a tough loss for the Tar Heels, but Vaughn was more focused on the message Williams left him.
"He said that Rashad and Justin Jackson would be the two wings in that class if he wanted to commit," Kaffey said of the message relayed to Vaughn by Williams. "He doesn't promise kids that they will start, but Rashad is one of their key targets."
While Vaughn was in town, the Tar Heels staff also talked about heading to Minneapolis to watch him in Tuesday's playoff game. Instead, Vaughn would like for the Tar Heels staff to meet with his family when they can, but he also plans on taking his time with a decision.
"North Carolina is high on his list, and he really enjoyed his visit," Kaffey said. "His plan could change after they meet with his parents, but for right now he is so focused on being the best that he will stick with the plan.
"I can't answer for him because only he knows for sure, but I think he's still sticking with the plan."
In addition to going for a state title, Vaughn's plan includes continuing to evaluate the other options he has in programs such as Minnesota, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Maryland, Louisville and many others.
Ranked No. 12 in the 2014 Rivals150, Vaughn will move up the list when the rankings get updating this week. That should fit in well with another one of his biggest goals.
"He honestly feels like he could be the No. 1 player and that he has work to be done."
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