Julian Vaughn surrounds himself with talent. He rolls with Mike Beasley and Nolan Smith on the summer circuit. Over the weekend, he was hanging out with guys like Tywon Lawson, Wayne Ellington and the three other class of 2006 studs that were in Chapel Hill, N.C. for a visit. Rivals.com caught up with the five-star junior prospect for his thoughts on his time with Roy Williams & Co.
Vaughn, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward from South Lakes High School in Reston, Va., made a trip down to Tobacco Road and hooked up with Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, Alex Stepheson, Lawson and Ellington. All six of the prep stars had a front row seat for a special night for the Tar Heel program.
"It was crazy there," Vaughn said. "The best part of the whole weekend was the half time show. They gave out the National Championship rings to the basketball team. It was up on the big screen at the stadium and they showed a five minute video of last year's run…It was definitely one of the best visits I've been on so far.
"The rings were really nice. They even had a Carolina blue diamond in it. I asked if they had another one," Vaughn said with a laugh.
While UNC didn't have any extra rings, the Tar Heels are hoping he can earn one for himself at the ACC school. So are several others. With offers from nearly every ACC school and a host of other national powers, Vaughn is quickly becoming one of the most sought after big men in his class. And he's in no rush to make any decisions.
"It's going to be really hard to trim the list down," Vaughn said. "There are so many good schools looking at me. I like them all. That's why it's going to be so tough."
The No. 12 ranked player in the class of 2007 will take his last unofficial visit of the fall this weekend to NC State. He's already been to Raleigh once before this month. He has also tripped to Maryland and Wake Forest. Why see the Pack again?
"I haven't been down there for a football game so I wanted to see how it was on game day," Vaughn said.