For the Deadrick's, Basketball's a Family Thing

By KBJR News 1

December 19, 2013 Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM CDT

Esko, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- At the Deadrick household, basketball is a way of life.

"Just the competitiveness of our family, it's always been a family thing," said Esko senior Kory Deadrick.

"365 days a year. It's part of every day's conversation," said Shane Deadrick, Kory's Dad and the Eskomos assistant coach.

For Kory, that conversation when he was younger revolved mostly around long driveway battles against his big sister.

"I always had someone who wanted to kick my butt. That made me and helped me to become the player I am today."

His older sister, though, isn't the only one that's helped him develop. Kory's Dad, Shane, has been coaching him since grade school.

"He's going to coach me from wherever he is so if he's in the stands or on the bench, he's going to be coaching and yelling at me no matter what."

A lot of coaching and yelling that might very well land Kory as the school's all–time leading scorer and rebounder.

Even with countless hours spent together on the court, his Dad says he wouldn't trade for anything in the world.

"I've been coaching Kory since he was in third grade all the way through junior high. Having an opportunity to watch him grow up into a young man and becoming the player he is has been a lot of fun."

It's been a lot of fun for Esko's head coach Mike Devney, too. Once Kory and Shane step onto the court, Devney says they both have one thing on their mind.

"They get on the court, they both love the game. They're both intense about it, and they both want to win. That's the bottom line."

It's not surprising then that both Dad and son have their eyes on the same prize this season.

"Ultimately the goal is to win state. I think we have the quality of players this year to win," said Kory.

"We want to get back to the state tournament," said Shane. "In order to do that, it's a lot of hard work, and hopefully in March we'll be back there."

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