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Published December 25, 2012, 09:07 PM

MSUM freshman and assistant coach bring family ties to basketball court

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It's this time of year, where family becomes so important. And over at MSU Moorhead, family is helping drive the Dragon men's basketball team. Here's the story of two brothers that have plenty of stories to share this holiday season back home in Braham, Minnesota.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It's this time of year, where family becomes so important. And over at MSU Moorhead, family is helping drive the Dragon men's basketball team. Here's the story of two brothers that have plenty of stories to share this holiday season back home in Braham, Minnesota.

Tyler Vaughan, MSUM Freshman Guard: “Go back home, small town, everybody is going to be asking about the season. Everybody is going to be asking how it's going.”

Josh Vaughan, MSUM Asst. Coach: “It's kind of all we ever talk about because basketball is so much of our household.”

During the holidays, family members who have gone their separate ways, come home to catch up.

Tyler: “It's going to be all about basketball the whole time, always has been always will be.”

But, year round these brothers, Josh and Tyler Vaughan have a unique home court advantage.

Tyler: “He motivated me so much. He'd come back from college. He would work me out all the time and tell me what I needed to do. It gave me so much motivation to try and be like him. Watching him play was amazing.”

He may have the whistle now, but a few years ago, Josh Vaughan was helping lead NDSU to its first NCAA tournament appearance.

The winning didn't stop there. He scored a job as an assistant coach at MSU Moorhead and is heavily involved with recruiting.

Josh: “I've seen him play since he was young. I mean, he was on the fifth grade team as a first grader. So, I know what he can do and when he doesn't do it. I get mad.”

Which is why he added his family to the Dragon family.

Tyler: “It was a little different, because you call him as a brother. But, all the sudden it comes as recruiting. So, it was definitely a unique situation in that way.”

Josh: “It was funny. Me and Coach Weisse were actually at Burger King on a different recruiting trip and he was texting back and forth and said I think I know where I'm going to go. He text me and said, "I'm coming to Moorhead and I got really excited. It was a good day.”

For the first time, the Vaughan's are on the same team. As a true freshman, Tyler has averaged 7 points helping guide the Dragons to a 9-1 start. And he gives a lot of the credit to his coach.

Tyler: “It's different. It has definitely helped me out a lot though. He's been great. It's probably better for me, transitioning into college to have somebody there that I know that I can trust. And someone that I know will hold me accountable and know what's best for me every day. So, it has been really good for me.”

This isn't the first time Tyler has been coached by a family member. Both Tyler and Josh were coached by their father Bob in high school.

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