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GARY WASHBURN

Studs learning road to NBA can be slow grind

It’s funny how many five-star, blue-chip basketball players over the past 11 years said they signed with their respective colleges to Carmelo-ize the school, i.e. win the national championship as a freshman.

It’s a glorious picture, the highly touted freshman who experienced his share of growing pains turning into a monstrous pro prospect during the NCAA Tournament and leading his team to the national championship before becoming a top-five pick in the NBA draft.

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