QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Once practice ends high school basketball players scatter and don't have to hear that all-too-familiar voice of their head coach until the next day.
But that's not the case for Quincy Notre Dame senior guard Sam Douglas who's dad, Scott, is five games in to his 17th season as the Raiders head coach.
"(Sam) will probably tell you the same thing, it hasn't always been easy," Scott Douglas said,
"But to watch him grow as a player has been really exciting. He's put a lot of time and energy into it."
According to Sam, "It's hard at times. I deal with it here (at practice) and then I deal with it at home. It's kind of double the basketball in my life but I love basketball, so it doesn't hurt at all."
The relationship, just like any other parent and teenager, has been a roller coaster ride.
Scott is the father of seven children (Sam is the middle child) and says he's learned alot, especially when it comes to trusting his son on the court.
"I think certainly this year I have alot more confidence in him than I did last year and that just come from watching him grow, and watching his kind of selflessness for our team," Scott indicated.
"He wants our team to be good."
As a player, Sam has grown exponentially since his freshman season.
He's not sure that would have been a reality without being surrounded by the sport as much as he has.
"The mental aspect of the game, knowing my game, and being able to understand it because I'm around it 24 hours a day, I've grown like I never thought I would," Sam said.
At the end of the day there's an unbreakable bond between father and son. And there's no debate, basketball is at the core of their relationship.
"It's brought us closer, there's not doubt about that," Sam explained.
"He's my coach and my dad, and it's harder on me because he obviously makes it harder on me. But it's enjoyable. I wouldn't trade it for anything, I love it."
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