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Best Interview That Never Was

Kawhi Leonard of King (Riverside, Calif.) was the first player from Riverside County to earn California Mr. Basketball honors in 2009. He's now the first player ever from the county and only the fourth ever from California to earn NBA Finals MVP honors, following Bill Walton (1977), Dennis Johnson (1979) and Paul Pierce (2008). Photo: Scott Kurtz

Kawhi Leonard of King (Riverside, Calif.) was the first player from Riverside County to earn California Mr. Basketball honors. He’s now the first player ever from the county and only the fourth ever from California to earn NBA Finals MVP honors, following Bill Walton (1977), Dennis Johnson (1979) and Paul Pierce (2008). Photo: Scott Kurtz

Kawhi Leonard has overcome major obstacles in the six years between losing his father and becoming the second youngest NBA Finals MVP ever. We take a look at some of the defining moments on the journey with his high school coach at King (Riverside, Calif.).

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Tum Tum is Nickname of the Year

Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn was given his nickname by his mother because of his penchant for feasting at the dinner table. Tum Tum will play for Tom Izzo at Michigan St. Photo: Courtesy of Sunrise Christian Academy

Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn was given his nickname by his mother because of his penchant for feasting on his milk bottle. Tum Tum will play for Tom Izzo at Michigan St. Photo: Courtesy of Sunrise Christian Academy

“Tum Tum” Nairn is our 2013-14 Student Sports Nickname of the Year. Similar to our Names of the Year, we’ve also have Nicknames of the Year going back to the 1954-55 season. Many of these players were all-state level performers with nicknames coined while still in high school. There have been tons of nicknames given out through the years, but these are some of the best that have stood the test of time.

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The Legend of LeBron

LeBron James is playing in is fourth consecutive NBA Finals and gunning for his third consecutive NBA title. He’s being called by some the greatest small forward ever and he hasn’t yet reached his 30th birthday. We take a look back at the growing legend in his first national cover story in the November 2001 edition of Student Sports Magazine when James was entering his junior season at St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio).    

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Pangos A-A Camp: All-Time Dandy Dozen

Harrison Barnes celebrated his 17th birthday by going out and earning MOP honors at the 2009 Pangos All-American Camp in Long Beach, Calif. Barnes now plays with the Golden State Warriors. Photo: Scott Kurtz

Harrison Barnes celebrated his 17th birthday by going out and earning MOP honors at the 2009 Pangos All-American Camp in Long Beach, Calif. Barnes now plays with the Golden State Warriors. Photo: Scott Kurtz

With the Pangos All-American Camp entering its 12th year, we decided to take a look at the national camp’s top dozen performers over the years. Many are now household NBA names, while others never seem to shine brighter than they did during this annual three-day basketball showcase.  

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Choosing A College? Know Yourself

Young phenoms like Andrew Wiggins (left) and Jabari Parker don't have to worry about spending four of five years of their lives on a college campus but over 99 percent of student-athletes who receive a scholarship do.

Young phenoms like Andrew Wiggins (left) and Jabari Parker don’t have to worry about spending four of five years of their lives on a college campus but over 99 percent of student-athletes who receive a scholarship do.

Know yourself and what you want before beginning the recruiting process. With recruiting more cut throat and transfer rates higher than ever, young players must realize school size and location are crucial factors in making a sound college choice.

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Approach To Summer Basketball Training

There really is no such thing as an off-season in basketball anymore, but what you accomplish when school is out will determine how well you perform with your club team during the viewing period and with your high school team next winter. Today we offer a four-step process of how to set up your personal training program.

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Characteristics of Successful Athletes

Making it to the pinnacle of basketball requires more than just height and skill. You have to think, act, work and live like a pro. Some players who were as talented as Tyson Chandler (left) or Chris Bosh coming up never learned the process of success.

Making it to the pinnacle of basketball requires more than just height and skill. You have to think, act, work and live like a pro. Some players who were as talented as Tyson Chandler (left) or Chris Bosh coming up in the ranks never learned the process of success.

Success for athletes is not defined by individual accomplishments. Success is a process and eventually a lifestyle for those that continually meet their goals. We list a dozen characteristics of successful athletes and define the process.

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