At a signing ceremony held at Braham H.S. the evening of Nov. 15, senior Tyler Vaughan made his decision official to accept a scholarship offer to play the 2012-13 season for Div. II Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball.
“Moorhead runs a lot of ball screen action, and that’s what I love to do is pick-and-roll. I will come in and try to play right away as opposed to red-shirting,” spoke Vaughan on the Dragons’ playing style. “I like the Fargo-Moorhead area. I’ve been there a lot with my brother going to NDSU. I like the idea that Minnesota State Moorhead, Concordia and NDSU are all in a tight area within an 8-mile radius.”
Minnesota State Moorhead head coach Chad Walthall is beginning his second season after serving the prior three years as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. The Dragons compete in the North Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and also signed Damien Reinke from Becker and Matt Nelson from Rosemount last week.
“My brother, Josh, is an assistant coach at Moorhead, so that was one of the huge things that attracted me. He will be a grad assistant for two years, then he will be able to take over as a full-time assistant after that,” explained Tyler.
“Thanks to everyone for coming tonight. Everybody here in some way, shape or form helped Tyler achieve one of his goals to play basketball at college,” spoke Braham boys basketball head coach Bob Vaughan, Tyler’s father, just prior to the signing. “We really, really appreciate the Braham community, his teammates and everybody who contributed to this. We can’t thank you enough for everything that’s been done for us. We moved here a long time ago, and we never dreamed things would work out like this.”
Coming into this season, Tyler is currently 17th overall in all-time Minnesota boys basketball scoring with 2,486 points. He is third all-time with 372 made three-pointers, just 14 away from the state record. He is also 13th in career steals with 347. He was the Great River Conference Most Valuable Player the past two seasons.
“Getting this out of the way was a big thing for me so I can just focus on this year of basketball,” added Tyler. “This is our last season, and just like football, we’ll try to make the most of it and try to get farther than we did last year.”
Vaughan also a Mr. Football finalist
Tyler Vaughan has been nominated as one of 10 finalists for the 2011
Mr. Football Award for the state of Minnesota. The award presentation
banquet will be held on Sunday, December 12.