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North Carolina's Luke Maye went from benchwarmer to Tar Heels legend with one shot

North Carolina's Luke Maye went from benchwarmer to Tar Heels legend with one shot

After he had danced with his teammates in a corner of FedExForum on Sunday evening, a strand of net tied around the back strap of his Final Four cap, Luke Maye scurried up several rows of seats.

That’s where he hugged his mother while accepting congratulations from his father, two brothers and two friends from high school. There were times when it might have seemed as if they were the only ones who believed in the burly forward who came to North Carolina without a basketball scholarship.

“They’ve been with me throughout thick and thin,” Maye said.

Maye returned to Chapel Hill, N.C., to find that his circle of friends had grown considerably. A video widely circulated...

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