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.
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