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Basketball, D-Free, High School Sports, Sneakers -

NEW YORK — Goodbye, July. I’m going to miss you. You won’t be the same next year. Die-hard hoopers recognize July as the pinnacle of high school basketball. July is when schoolboys perform next-level magic on the “shoe circuit,” a series of tournaments sponsored by Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. July is when college coaches […]

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AAU Basketball, Alabama, D-Free, Stanford -

This is a personal story about the power of family trajectories. I have three teenage sons: Cassius, 19, Cornelius, 17, and Carnegie, 13. My oldest just finished his freshman year as a business major and cornerback at the University of San Diego, a top academic school and a top-ranked NCAA Division I FCS football program. […]

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D-Free, NCAA, Scholarships, Soccer, Youth Sports -

It was time to have “the talk.” We both knew it. Max’s sunken shoulders said everything his quivering lips couldn’t. We’d just gotten home from a fourth night of training, and our drive on this rainy and cold night was a bad one. They were all bad, actually. The practice fields are 35 miles from […]

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AAU Basketball, Basketball, California Golden Bears, Coastal Carolina, D-Free, Penn State Nittany Lions, Robert Morris University, Women's Basketball, Women's College Basketball -

One of the most heartbreaking basketball moments Lindsay Gottlieb ever witnessed came outside a summer AAU tournament. Gottlieb, head women’s coach at the University of California, Berkeley, was leaving when she overheard a father telling his clearly miserable daughter, “I didn’t pay all this money for you to come here and miss shots and not […]

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AAU Basketball, D-Free, Duquesne Dukes, NCB -

Keith Dambrot holds the keys to the kingdom. As head men’s basketball coach at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Dambrot is one of 700 Division I men’s and women’s coaches with the power to award a scholarship to play college basketball at the highest level. He is a gatekeeper of the “D-Free” dream — a free […]

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AAU Basketball, D-Free, NCB, Scholarships, Youth Sports -

Lonnae O’Neal is a mom/stepmom to six kids, four of whom are athletes. This year, for the first time, all three of her bonus kids play travel basketball. She’s salty. Jesse Washington has four kids. They all hoop. His oldest son, a high school senior, accepted a Division I scholarship from Drexel University. His 15-year-old […]

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