Thursday, November 03, 2005


Deonta Vaughn Update

The Hoops Guys' Ryan Christie recently caught up with Cincinnati Harmony Community School Assistant Basketball Coach Deon Weatherspoon about class of 2006 guard Deonta Vaughn. Vaughn, a 5'10" combo guard originally from Indianapolis Arlington High School, is playing as a fifth year prep with Harmony. Coach Weatherspoon spoke to Hoops Guys about Vaughn's recent decommitment from Indiana and where he stands as a prospect.

"Deonta is a very explosive offensive ballplayer," said Coach Weatherspoon. "He can go on a ten point run all on his own, and just put points on the board in a hurry."

Over the summer, Vaughn had committed to playing with the Indiana Hoosiers starting in the 2006-2007 season, but he opened up his recruitment after Indiana recently picked up former Terre Haute South star Armon Bassett.

"Deonta's deadly from three point range," Coach Weatherspoon noted. "He can also handle the rock very well. He'll be primarily a shooter and scorer in our system, while other guys play the point. He's so strong that it makes him a good defender, even at his height. Deonta's pretty athletic, he can dunk. He probably wouldn't dunk in a game, he'd put in a layup, but he can dunk in practice."

Vaughn, who played his AAU basketball this summer with O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker of the D-1 Greyhounds, has four schools currently at the top of the list.

"Georgetown, Indiana, Illinois and South Florida," rattled off Weatherspoon's tongue when asked of Vaughn's college preferences. "None of the Illinois coaches have talked to me, but I know that they've been in contact with some of our other coaches. I'm not sure when Deonta will make a decision, he doesn't have a time frame for that."

Weatherspoon noted that Harmony will be up in Chicago twice this season for prep tournaments, so Illini fans can wear their orange as Bruce Weber's team continues to recruit the scoring guard.

According to Weatherspoon, Illinois is not recruiting Vaughn's class of 2006 teammate, guard Tyrone Appleton, but is working on Class of 2007 forward Alex Tyus. Tyus, originally from St. Louis, is another member of the D-1 Greyhounds and Weatherspoon notes that his school list is currently topped by Arizona, Kansas and Arizona State.

Check out the website for Vaughn's school:

Nice to see a picture with Self and another with Pearl :0)
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Any chance Vaughn could still sign this signing period? Is he definitely a Spring signee?
One other note is that I traded voice mails with Donteal Mack's Head Coach, John Jordan. Jordan said that he's got a busy weekend lined up as his team, Statesville Christian, is scheduled to play Oak Hill on Saturday. He also said that "If Illinois gets Donteal, they're getting one big-time scorer." I thought that was interesting, at least in the context of what kind of player Mack can be expected to be, as some said he might be a solution at point guard.

There are reports today that Mack is down to Virgina Tech and Florida. I'll try to be in contact next week with his coach to see if Illinois still has a chance. I wouldn't have thought he'd call me back last night if Illinois was totally out of it.

Based on Coach Weatherspoon's comments, I'd be surprised if Vaughn signed early. Seems to me like he'll see what situation emerges as the best for him, if any other schools step up, and make a decision after that. Remember that he only decommitted from IU about a week ago, so I'd think he would want to look around some before making a final decision.
No way that Vaughn ends up and UI.
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