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Local stars keep hoop dreams alive in professional, college circuits

HIT THE DECK—Ezekiel Richards, a 6-foot-11 freshman center for the Santa Clara University men’s basketball team, takes a hard fall against Pepperdine last month. Richards, an Oak Park High grad, averages 2.5 points per game while shooting 54 percent from the field for the Broncos. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

“Don’t die in the waiting room of the future.”

East German punk rockers, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, spewed that slogan.

That urgency against complacency, against the dyi...

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