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On the War Path

He no longer coaches in the Washington area, but Leonard Hamilton is coaching plenty of local players at Florida State. Former Magruder standout Isaiah Swann is entering his junior year in Tallahassee and forward Uche Echefu, an All-Met at Montrose Christian in 2005, will be a sophomore.

But the latest D.C.-area get for the former coach of the Washington Wizards might be his best: 6-foot-10 forward Julian Vaughn from Reston on Thursday night said he has accepted a scholarship offer to play for Florida State.

A second-team All-Met last season at South Lakes who has since transferred to Oak Hill Academy, Vaughn said the other schools he considered were Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Pittsburgh. But a trip to Tallahassee this past spring showed that was the place he felt most comfortable, Vaughn said, and on Wednesday night he informed Hamilton of his decision.

Vaughn said he plans to take it easy this month and continue training before reporting to Oak Hill on Sept. 6. The move to the national basketball powerhouse was made to help smooth the transition to college, he said.

"I'm just trying to mature a little more, it's a boarding school so I can get away from home," Vaughn said. "And the competition is a lot better."

Among Vaughn's teammates at Oak Hill will be guard Nolan Smith, who was a third-team All-Met at Riverdale Baptist in 2005 and has since committed to play for Duke. The two play together on the D.C. Assault travel team.

By Josh Barr  | August 3, 2006; 10:47 PM ET
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Florida State will win a basketball national championship within 10 years under Hamilton! He is the best recruiter in the nation and is putting together more and more talent every year in Tallahassee. It is only a matter of time. He is finally rid of players he did not recruit, you will see a new FSU in '06-'07!

Posted by: Jimmy | August 4, 2006 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Hamilton is the worst coach in the conference during games. X's and O's, substitutions, rotations...he is awful. You can't spell Hamilton without NIT.

Posted by: sb12 | August 4, 2006 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Happy birthday Coach Leonard Hamilton. Coach Hamilton is a better person than coach; with that said - he out coached that guy at Duke this year, and should have won both games. BTW, Hamilton coached my son at the University of Miami.

Posted by: Saage | August 4, 2006 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't know X's and O's from M & M's, but I do know that Leonard Hamilton knows how to build a program out of nothing. His teams play tough defense and can compete with the best. He'll have to start making some deep runs in the NCAA Tournament before he'll ditch the reputation as being someone who can only get programs halfway, but by bringing in this kind of talent, he gives himself the chance. Hamilton deserves a few years to proove himself.

Posted by: Josh | August 4, 2006 2:41 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to Gar Heard???

Posted by: Kip | August 4, 2006 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Leonard Hamilton is a great recruiter and has alway been. But just because he is a great recruiter does not make him a great coach. His has had plenty of talent at Florida State and nothing to show for it.

Posted by: Troy | August 4, 2006 8:56 PM | Report abuse

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