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Basketball bits: AAU Nationals, Ben Simmons, and young stars

Basketball bits: AAU Nationals, Ben Simmons, and young stars

Kerry Blackshear knows this summer marked the beginning stages of the college recruiting dreams for the soon-to-be ninth graders on his Central Florida Elite boys basketball travel team. But as Blackshear’s state champion CFE 2019 team prepares for play in the upcoming AAU 14-U National Championship at Disney World, the former Stetson standout and longtime European professional isn’t telling his young disciples to go out trying to impress scouts with individual flair. “Our kids saw college coaches when we played in Atlanta last week, but I didn’t put a lot of emphasis on that,” Blackshear said. “This is just a stepping stone for these kids. Nobody...

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