|No. 00 – Bangor Tides|
|Species||Giant Otter ( Mustelidae )|
|Born||New York City, NY|
|Listed height||7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|College||Alabama Mammalian University|
|FBA draft||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Santa Ana Spectrums|
|Pro playing career||2016–present|
|2016-2021||Santa Ana Spectrums|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2021 Salary||$15 million|
|2022 Salary||$16 million|
|2023 Salary||$17 million|
|2024 Salary||$17 million|
|2025 Salary||$18 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Vaughan is no stranger to struggle, and the mastery of overcoming it. Born to a single mother hooked on drugs, Vaughan's arrival into this world was already fraught with uncertainty. He was a fighter from the beginning and triumphed over the first tenuous years of his life, in what would be the first of many trials.
For much of his adolescence, Vaughan and his mother found themselves in and out of shelters and even on the streets more often than either want to admit now days. Though Vaughan's mother was plagued by the realities of addiction and poverty, Vaughan's burgeoning strength and fortitude helped raise them both up in their darkest hours. She would often call him a miracle, growing like a stubborn root in a sidewalk crack, doing what he can to support both himself and his mother.
And grow he did. His size became an asset as he moved through the tribulations in life that sought to derail this hardnosed mustelid. It protected him and shielded his mother when others sought to take advantage. When Vaughan was in school, however, it made him a target, and Vaughan had trouble leaving the streets at the steps. Despite being a relatively bright child and diligent student, throughout his middle and early high school years he was expelled a number of times for various incidences of fighting and disturbances. It was one of many obstacles Vaughan had to overcome. Luckily, he did not have to defeat this one alone.
Like many poor children looking for something better in their life, sports became a way to feel closer to the dream of success, of escaping poverty, of seeing real results from hard earned skills even at a young age. Vaughan was a talented street baller throughout the borough, using his size, agility and tenacity to dominate the court whenever he stepped on it. It was this skill that would catch the eye of City South High School basketball coach, margay Heath Lamar. In no small effort from the gruff cat, Vaughan got the support he needed to stay on track in school, off the streets and out of trouble. It was this change in his life that transformed him from skilled yet raucous teenager on the cracked pavements of the Bronx's faded courts, to an absolute powerhouse on the brightly lit hardwood cathedrals.
Vaughan ended up graduating with honors, with more schools vying for his consideration than he could have ever dreamed. It overwhelmed the young otter who only a few short years ago wondered if he would even make it out of high school. While Coach Lamar gave glowing recommendations to many New York area universities, like Pack Territory, the mustelid eventually chose the storied institution nearly a thousand miles away, Alabama Mammalian University.
It's a school with no more secrets, Vaughan was quoted in a response to his decision to leave New York in favor of the college with a checkered past. The cryptic statement was never clarified, though he went onto say, AMU has been picking up a frightening amount of momentum in the last few years. I want to help them leap out of their Reconstruction Era into a strong and successful future. I have what they need. It's the best fit.
AMU couldn't agree more. The mustelid made a big showing for the team's homecoming alone, racking up 26 points, 4 blocks and 9 rebounds. He was an otter possessed when he was working, with large webbed hands that denied many opponents glory and covered nearly the entire rim when he sunk a basket. His rudder like tail was perfect for boxing out others contending for rebounds and his agility made him almost swim through both body and air, always ready to fight for rebounds, blocks and second chance baskets. AMU found a surge in success, his senior year being the best since AMU's dismantling of the department. Analysts were confident he would declare for the FBA draft before he graduated, but Vaughan resisted, wanting to first make good on his promise.
As graduation drew near, Vaughan would face yet another bump in the road. Scandal would once again haunt AMU, though this time the source would be from their savior, Vaughan. Or more specifically his high school coach who had been credited so fervently with Vaughan's transformation. The news Lamar was dismissed halfway through the season as allegations of sexual misconduct came as an absolute shock to everyone. Everyone, but the players. As the case continued to develop at the slow pace justice tends to creep at, the media made quick work to hound former students for answers, Vaughan being the biggest, juiciest target. The tight lipped mustelid refused to clarify what kind of knowledge he had in the situation, but certainly made his opinion of the matter known. There appeared to be no love lost between the former coach and the giant otter, condemning his actions outright. His quick and steadfast judgment of his once mentor has led many news outlets to speculate he knew more about what had been going on at City South High School.
The ordeal made Vaughan hyper critical of institutions abusing their authority. Against his publicist's advice, he on more than one occasion made off the cuff remarks regarding staff and player relationships and front office abuse of power and trust. This mindset would put his reputation and chances to jockey for a favorable spot in the draft, despite being among the strongest contenders in the center position. While the initial flurry of the scandal has died down, Vaughan remains focused on his goals, despite some conjecturing he may become distracted as the saga surrounding his former coach unfolds in the courts and more evidence and victims come to light.
Make no mistake; Vaughan said during an interview, The only thing I care about is the future and what I need to do now to get to where I want to be. My talent is hard earned and my drive is absolute. I've been through worse things in my life and have come out stronger than ever. No one is slowing me down.
2016 - 2017 Regular Season Stats