East Texas is going to see a father-son duo next year with the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team, now that head coach Brad Underwood has brought in his son Tyler Underwood.
Tyler, a 6-1 guard from Nacogdoches High School, is coming off a fantastic senior year where he was named to the first team all-district despite tearing his ACL and missing the last five games of the district season.
In just the two seasons Tyler spent with the Dragons, he shattered the three-point school record with 160 buckets, has the highest shooting percentage behind the line at 86%, and holds the record for steals with 103.
As of now, Tyler is a preferred walk-on but seems to be a good fit for SFA.
“I think he's got a skill that fits our basketball team very well and has an ability to shoot the basketball. I think he's got a very high basketball IQ. I think that's something we all strive for,” said Brad.
Growing up, Tyler never was able to have Brad as his coach and they both are looking forward to the opportunity.
“It's not your normal coach-player relationship. I think that part will be different. I've grown up watching everybody else's kids play, and it's going to be nice to have him around to watch him play and watch him grow,” said Brad.
“I think it's every kid's dream to have their dad as their coach and since he's been coaching college, I've never had the opportunity. With all the success they've had it's going to be a really special experience for the both of us,” said Tyler.
Although their relationship is going to change, one part of their dynamic won't. Brad will forever be Tyler's father and like any father-son relationship, they admit they may bump heads at times.
“I'm sure it will have its ups and downs. There will be days I go home and be like, ‘I can't stand this guy' but overall it will be a good experience. He's a great coach and I'm excited to keep learning from him, getting better, and he'll help me as a player and as a person,” said Tyler.
Tyler is currently recovering from his ACL surgery and will be redshirting his freshmen year.
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