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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

John Lauf knows exactly where his son Jordan gets that famous work ethic.

"Hopefully some early coaching," John joked. "He wants to be the ultimate teammate."

It appears all the time he spent as Jordan's longtime coach paid off.

"He's the one that's taught me the game of basketball," said Jordan. "All my parents and both sets of grandparents told me to play hard."

He's not letting them down. Once a scoring powerhouse at Napoleon. Lauf has redefined his game at UT.

The rebound to start a fast break, the dive to save an offensive possession, these plays never show up in stat sheets but they are vital to the Rockets' success.

"It gets the crowd energized," said Lauf. "Doing the dirty work, someone has to do it."

He does it because at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is winning.

"Being from the area, I know the community wants to see a winning basketball team and this is what we're giving them," said Lauf.

That's giving the fans and his dad something to cheer about.

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